The Presidential Secretariat confirmed that the deputy presidential running debate will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) main campus in Karen, Nairobi beginning 5 pm until 9.30 pm.
The first debate will run from 6 pm and end at 7.30 pm while the second debate will go on air at 8 pm and end at 9.30 pm.
The first-tier debate will be featuring Justina Wambui of Roots party of Kenya and Agano Party’s Ruth Mutua, who have polled less than 5 percent in three recent opinion polls.
The 2022 presidential running mates Martha Karua and Rigathi Gachagua will face off in the second tier of the presidential running mates debate set for Tuesday, July 19, 2022, and will be moderated by NTV’s James Smart and KTN’s Sophia Wanuna.
While Deputy President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance team had threatened to skip the presidential and running mate debates alleging skewed media coverage, Martha Karua had on the other hand expressed optimism that she will love to debate with Gachagua.
But in a clear indication that William Ruto’s running mate Rigathi Gachagua will attend the debate,he visited CUEA the venue where the debate will take place.
“I have made a decision to come for the debate. I think there will be people watching who I haven’t had a chance to explain myself,” Gachagua told journalists.
Unlike the Nairobi governor debate last week that had the candidates argue over how they are going to serve the electorate in the county, the presidential running mates are likely to delve deeper into issues affecting the country such as corruption, and the high cost of living, and the debt crisis.
Three out of the four running mates are women with Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua being the only male presidential running mate in the 2022 General Election.
Women in leadership and the two-thirds gender rule are also likely to feature during the debate between Gachagua and Karua.