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Uhuru’s party issues fresh conditions for presidential debate

The Jubilee party on Wednesday issued a statement asking media houses to ensure they must agree with candidates on how the process will be conducted before holding the presidential debate.

The statement from the party secretary general Raphael Tuju asked the media who will jointly organise the debate to ensure they get input from the candidates, and working campaign teams to agree on criteria, ground rules and the dates.

“To ensure balanced and transport high quality debates that Kenyans deserve, and 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,” he said.

Although he expressed the above sentiments, he noted that the Jubilee party and President Uhuru Kenyatta had welcomed the move.

On Tuesday Kenyan media houses jointly agreed to host the presidential debate a month to elections.

There will a series of three debates with the first one for presidential candidates running on July 10, the second one involving running mates or deputy presidents will be hosted on July 17 and the third and final debate for presidential aspirants will be hosted on July 24.

All the debates will be held at Catholic University of Eastern Africa.