Ruto Asks Raila To Attend Presidential Debate

Speaking during a campaign stop in Nandi Hills on Monday, Ruto said that he will be waiting for him.

Deputy President William Ruto has called upon his main opponent Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja Coalition to reconsider his decision of not attending the presidential debate scheduled for Tuesday.

Speaking during a campaign stop in Nandi Hills on Monday, Ruto said that he will be waiting for him.

“I want to encourage my competitor, Mr. Kitendawili, please I want to urge you to reconsider I will be waiting for you at the debate.”

“I am asking him to come if not for any other reason it is so that he can tell Kenyans what is Tibim and Tialala. These Kenyans want to know what is the essence of these folktales you usually tell at your rallies. Even if you do not have a policy, just come and tell Kenyans that,” the United Democratic Alliance presidential candidate stated.

This call comes a day after the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya Presidential Campaign Secretariat released a statement stating that their candidate will not participate in Tuesday’s Presidential Debate but will instead take part in a televised town hall meeting at Jericho Social Hall in response to Ruto’s demands for topics.

Odinga’s Campaign Secretariat Spokesman Makau Mutua said his candidate cannot debate William Ruto who ‘has no regard for ethics and public morals.’

However, in response, Ruto asserted that Odinga skipped the highly publicized presidential debate because he had no plans for the country.

“He has feared going for the debate because they cannot articulate any agenda because they have none. That man who is full of rhetoric lacks clarity on what he wants for Kenyans. There is only one plan in Kenya and that is the one that Kenya Kwanza has,” he said during a rally in Kisii on Sunday.

Ruto pointed that Raila has opted out of the presidential debate because Kenyans have demanded to have a leader who has clarity on what he wants to do for the country and its future.

The Presidential debate will be held at the Catholic University for Eastern Africa (CUEA) from 5 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday

The debate will be moderated by five esteemed journalists.

They are; Smriti Vidyarthi (NTV), Ken Mijungu ( KTN News), Yvonne Okwara (Citizen TV), Eric Latiff (Spice FM & KTN News) and Joe Ageyo (NTV).