Jubilee party issues a tough demand to Media before presidential debate

The media fraternity on Tuesday vowed to have a candid, issue-based debate in July.

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In a statement Wednesday, Jubilee party Secretary General Mr Raphael Tuju has asked the media to agree with the candidates on how the process will be conducted.

Mr Tuju has demanded that the media organise meetings with candidates, streamline questions with campaign teams to agree on the rules and also the dates for the debate, despite the media setting the date earlier.

“For a balanced and transparent high quality debates, that Kenyans deserve, wand which are devoid of any pollution of bias, rules and methods of engagement, including the dates, must be agreed by the candidates before making an announcement,” Mr Tuju said in a statement.

However, a well-placed source at the arty indicated that President Uhuru Kenyatta had accepted the move.

Kenya media houses on Tuesday jointly agreed to host the presidential debate, being the second in the democratic world, after the 2013 debate, that critics say, was instrumental in engaging the voters.

There will be three key debates before the general elections; the first debate will involve the presidential candidates on 11 July, followed by Deputy President candidates.

The third and final debate will involve the presidential candidates on 24 of July, a few days to the August 8 polls.

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