Sabahi (Washington, DC)

15 February 2013

Kenyan Vice Presidential Debate Focuses On Social Issues

Kenya's vice presidential candidates faced off on Thursday night (February 14th) in a televised debate focused on abortion, same-sex marriage and reproductive rights, Kenya's Capital FM reported.

Religious institutions organised the debate, which follows Monday's debate between presidential candidates.

All participating candidates came down firmly against abortion and cautioned against a public role of the government in promoting family planning. "Abortion is unconstitutional and it should remain as such," said William Ruto of the Jubilee Coalition.

The debate on homosexuality was more nuanced, however, with Joshua Onono of the Alliance for Real Change saying that it is an aberration, while Eagle Alliance's Ronnie Osumba said people in same-sex relationships should be embraced instead of judged.

Candidates also addressed the issue of corruption, which they generally promised to combat. Ruto said that he and running mate Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta will make their assets public, though he declined to give a timeline for this disclosure.

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