All set for Kenya's presidential debate

Presidential Debate
Nation Media Group Chief Executive Officer Linus Gitahi (R) with Media Max Group boss Paul Wanyaga during the launch of the Presidential Debate project at Serena Hotel in Kenya's capital Nairobi on October 10, 2012. SALATON NJAU |NATION MEDIA GROUP 

All is set for Kenya's first presidential debate to be aired live on eight television and 34 radio stations on Monday ahead of March 4 general election.

Google will stream the debate online to the world, while international media outlets CNN and Reuters will also cover the event, officials said Wednesday.

Six presidential candidates Raila Odinga, Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, Martha Karua, Peter Kenneth and James ole Kiyiapi have confirmed they will attend the debate to be held at the auditorium of the Brookhouse International School,in the capital Nairobi.

According to the 'Presidential Debate 2013’ director of operations Francis Munywoki, the event will start at 7.30pm (local time) and will last for two hours where the candidates will field questions from two moderators – NTV’s Linus Kaikai and Julie Gichuru of the Royal Media Services (RMS).

After the discussion, there will be an expert analysis on the thematic issues that will be discussed.

The experts will delve into the viability of the ideas projected by the candidates and put issues in perspective.

Mr Munywoki said that during the first round of the debate, issues of governance, social services – health and education- security and resource management will be discussed.
Experts along these fields have been identified and briefed on the nature of the debate.

During the second debate scheduled for February 25, the deliberation will revolve around the economy, land, devolution and foreign policy.

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