August 9

Presidential debate organizers fail to honour Wajackoyah’s demands

Thursday, July 21st, 2022 13:19 | By
Presidential debate organizers fail to honour Wajackoyah's demands
Roots Party presidential candidate George Wajackoyah. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Roots Party flagbearer George Wajackoyah could miss the July 26 presidential debate after organizers failed to honour his demands.

Speaking during an interview on a local TV station early this month, Wajackoyah threatened not to attend the presidential debate unless organizers meet his demands.

He complained that the plan to split the four candidates into two groups of the frontrunners - Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto, and him together with Agano party's Waihiga Mwaure was biased.

"I have credible information from those who are arranging for the presidential debate to hold a so-called mini poll so that they can pair Raila with Ruto and me with Mwaure, thinking that we are the most stupid," Wajackoyah said.

"They are degrading me and Mwaure. Does it mean that we are the last remnants of society? I want us to have a head-on debate. What is wrong with all of us having the same podium," he posed.

He maintained that should the said plan be executed then he will be a no-show and will let Mwaure be on his own.

“So by subjecting me with Mwaure on one side and the other two on another side I will not go, Mwaure will be on his own," he said.

Wajackoyah's demands ignored

The organizers of the presidential debate brushed off Wajackoyah's demands as it has now emerged that the presidential candidates will be split into two groups for the debates.

Citizen TV's Yvonne Okwara and KTN's will moderate the presidential debate between Raila and Ruto which will start from 8 pm to 9:30 pm.

Wajackoyah and Mwaure Waihiga's debate be moderated by NTV’s Smriti Vidyarthi and Ken Mijungu of KTN News and is expected to start from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

NTV’s Joe Ageyo will moderate the panel discussions for both debates.

If Wajackoyah's threat is anything to go by, then he will surely boycott the presidential debate which is to be held the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Karen, Nairobi.

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