15 February 2013

Kenya: NCCK Hosts Governors' Debate

NCCK will today host a public forum for Kakamega county governor candidates.

The forum to be held at the Salvation Army headquarters in Kakamega town will start at 9am and end 4pm.

The forum is a joint venture between NCCK and Catholic Peace and Justice Commission.

"The meeting's aim is to bring the candidates and voters together for an interactive session," said NCCK regional co-ordinator Anastancia Ekisa. She said the candidates for Lurambi parliamentary seat will take part in the forum.

Ekisa said that the forum will give the voters to clearly understand what the candidates in the race stood for and make informed decisions during the voting on March 4.

"This is an initiative by the Catholic church and NCCK in the region but we are also involving the Muslim community.

By yesterday, Housing Minister Soita Shitanda, former Nyanza PC Paul Olando, Albert Mwilitsa and Mable Muruli had confirmed their participation from the list of six gubernatorial candidates cleared by IEBC.

Planning Minister Wycliffe Oparanya who is running for the governor's seat on ODM ticket and Simbauni Ndombi of Federal Party of Kenya had by yesterday not confirmed participation.

Outgoing Lurambi MP Manyala Keya of New Ford Kenya, Raphael Otalo of ODM, Ponyochi Kunyobo of Maendeleo Party of Kenya and bishop Titus Khamala of UDF have confirmed participation.

The forum will be moderated by pastor Patrick Muganda of Friends Church and Matias Khalumi from the Catholic Peace and Justice Commission (CPJC).

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