20 February 2013

Kenya: Uhuru to Snub Next Presidential Debate

Presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta will skip the second national debate claiming moderator's questions painted him in bad light. ( Resource: Kenyan Candidate to Skip Presidential Debate )

Uhuru Kenyatta will not be able to participate in the next presidential debate scheduled for next week, Monday.

The team behind the Jubilee presidential candidate have written to the organizing committee claiming that that he was 'unfairly treated' in the first debate on February 11th.

In the letter, the team has said that the moderators focused almost exclusively on Uhuru's and his running mate William Ruto's pending trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and failed to address cases of scandal that the other presidential candidates were allegedly involved in.

Team Uhuru says that the moderators "obsession" with the ICC "created a state upon which the other candidates could gang up and ruthlessly attack Uhuru Kenyatta as if they were themselves above both blame and suspicion"

The Team said that the moderators should have also asked Prime Minister Raila Odinga about the Triton, Maize and Kazi kwa Vijana scandals.

Team Uhuru said that Safina presidential candidate Paul Muite " should not have been let off the hook without being pressed to give a convincing explanation over the scrupulously documented allegations of him having received a Sh20 million bribe from the architect ofthe Goldenberg scam, Kamlesh Pattni, in the 1990s; information brought into the public domain by Pattni himself and confirmed by a senior business associate of Muite's at the time," and that "Restore and Build Kenya Presidential Candidate James Ole Kiyapi should have been put on his defense over the misappropriation of the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education funds during his tenure as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education,"

Team Uhuru further said the moderators should have confronted Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi over his alleged involvement in the Goldenberg Scandal and Peter Kenneth over "financial improprieties while at the helm of both the KFF and Kenya Re,"

Adding that Martha Karua's "moral standing and self- declared commitment to family values should have been scrutinized and weighed against allegation of moral impropriety and of probity, all of which are in the public domain," Team Uhuru further accused the organizers of "favouritism, bias and victimization."

Click this link to read the full statement

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