Kenyatta pulls out of second presidential debate

February 20, 2013

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Jubilee presidential candidate Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta will not participate in the second presidential debate schedule for February 25th, according to a letter from his campaign that was leaked online Wednesday (February 20th).

The Jubilee campaign letter, which was addressed on Monday (February 18th), accused moderators of the February 11th debate of unfairness, citing "numerous acts of omission and commission" that affected the overall tenor of the debate, particularly their attention to charges Kenyatta faces at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"It is our observation that the moderators deliberately allowed the other candidates to escape public scrutiny over various national scandals that have characterised their political careers, a number of which are even more prominent [than] the ICC issue," the letter to the debate organising committee said.

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), which supports Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga for president, accused Kenyatta on Wednesday of avoiding the controversial land issue, which is set to be a topic of the second debate.

Kenyatta's team, however, quickly responded saying Kenyatta's time was better spent on the campaign trail, "rather than participating in a skewed, shambolic and farcical second debate".

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  • nana
    February 25, 2013 @ 06:46:49AM

    I listened carefully on the debate, i am not too sure what the moderators were upto. It was like a local ICC, the whole excercise was futile, but God was with UHURU he still emerged the BEST, mine is to encourage him not to be intimidated for GOD IS WITH HIM,

  • luseno
    February 25, 2013 @ 05:04:42AM

    Uhuru should concetrate on capaign trails more

  • john wekesa
    February 25, 2013 @ 04:23:31AM

    why should some leaders avoid the second debate yet it would give them opportunity to demonstrate their ability to handlematters of extreme sensitity especially when falsely accused. Kenyatta by avoiding the debate gives his competitors am oppportunity to comvince the undecided and unstable voter groups

  • Hosee Maria
    February 25, 2013 @ 03:31:11AM

    it is good for u.k to show clearly that he has the right not to participate because they are focusing on him, does the debate belong only to u.k.. president u.k we are with you until you get into state house

  • Vincent koros kiplagat
    February 23, 2013 @ 01:31:20PM

    I think uhuru has a point moderators should touch the problems that affect Kenya as a nation, most of candidates for 2013 election should be scrutinize on corruption cases, we know how much it has cost Kenyans. however I disagree with uhuru for intending to quit the debate his supporters feel good and gain confidence in him when he challenge allegations against his presidential bid.

    February 22, 2013 @ 10:29:12AM

    I too suport Mr kenyatt.i mean its lyk theyb were all against him with da hague issue and now they are all re3ady to bring him down on da land issue.wat u guys shud understand is that this lands were acquired by his father and they av all the legal acquisition papers so learn to be fair and use the cts.hope raila,karua&dida av got me.respect our new president.MTHAMA.a

  • peter
    February 22, 2013 @ 04:41:24AM

    I also saw it ....there is discrimination there since the moderators favor others

  • robert
    February 22, 2013 @ 03:26:48AM

    it hurts when when instead of our leaders facing issues head on they look the opposite side and instead point out fingers at others.when you have q problem you solve it-give answers-i wish they can follow Peter Kenneths words.For Uhuru to turn back when Kenyans are scrutinising there leaders to me is very there is unfairness we Kenyans are watching and we want to see how he handlea issues.every problem has a solution.

  • kenneth karani
    February 22, 2013 @ 12:57:16AM

    kenyatta is right,the february 11 presidential debate was mostly targeted on him bt am glad he shall win in the first round of the elections come march fourtth

  • samuel kirui
    February 22, 2013 @ 12:26:09AM

    Democracy must prevail after all kenyans have made up their minds for 4th

  • peter
    February 21, 2013 @ 12:28:16PM

    no more comment Coz a leader who Kenyan want is uhuru n 4sure he deserve it

  • robert
    February 21, 2013 @ 12:12:45PM

    i like the intention of uhuru escaping the debate.

  • Jimmy Karami
    February 21, 2013 @ 08:50:10AM

    Such cowardise of Uhuru avoiding real issues that plague the country .This shows lack of leadership,i hope all Kenyans see what this actions means in the future for them

    February 21, 2013 @ 05:00:31AM

    I think its a good rulling 4 him. this might b a traap laid down 4him koz like last time were it not 4 muite aliye badilisha mkodo it seeemed as all d others were aginst him. He shuold ther4 not wast tha time but rather use it campaing which will give him more votes compaired 2 d dbyt wich migt even reduce them his votes. UHURU IS A GRAIT LEADER

  • peter mose
    February 20, 2013 @ 06:10:55PM

    uhuru please partispate in this impotant session so that the public can be able to charge your ability of leadership

  • abdirashid
    February 20, 2013 @ 04:53:29PM

    Peace be upon you. I salute you. I am requesting from you to get us news faster because we read news from this website. We like it for giving us information. We really like the way it is translated brothers. It is a request. Get us news immediately.

  • cornelius
    February 20, 2013 @ 03:21:44PM

    we stand strongly with u.k

  • lck
    February 20, 2013 @ 03:01:11PM

    Every candidate shud be scrutinised equally...

  • eryc
    February 20, 2013 @ 02:44:46PM

    The better because it was unfair at all

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