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Ruto accuse Citizen TV, Inooro TV, Daily Nation of openly campaigning for Raila

by Enock Ndayala

On Monday 11 February 2013, Kenya held its first-ever presidential debate where all 8 presidential candidates faced a panel of experienced journalists to answer tough questions as millions watched live on TV.

Raila Odinga, then the main contender for the presidency alongside current President Uhuru Kenyatta attended the presidential debate ensuing it lived up to expectations.

The presidential election was set for March 4 of the same year.

The second presidential debate in the run-up to the 2017 General election was however boycotted by the Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta, again the two leading presidential contenders.

President Uhuru’s handlers were the first to pull out of the presidential debate arguing the organizers neither contacted the Jubilee party nor the State House.

Raila Odinga’s handlers then followed suit, with his team saying the opposition leader would not participate if President Uhuru was not part of it.

Fast forward to 2022 and the debate can be described as boring since one of the main presidential election front runners William Ruto of UDA has pulled out of the debate accusing certain media houses of being biased against him and his allies.

In a press statement on Thursday, June 2, UDA, UDA, the party that Deputy President William Ruto will use to seek the country’s top seat in this year’s presidential elections said it has advised him not to participate in the debate.

 In a staUDA Communications head, Hussein Mohammed named Citizen TV, Inooro TV, Inooro FM, and The Daily Nation as among the most notorious media houses in biased reporting against Ruto.

He said that the stations had breached the statutory terms of their licenses as well as constitutional freedoms through the unequal allocation of coverage, and negative framing of the UDA presidential candidate and his associates.

“We have noted with much concern the repeated and continued bias and propaganda in a section of Kenya’s mainstream media in abuse of statutory,

“Under the current partisan media environment, we have advised our candidate against participating in the presidential debate,” he said.

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