Kenyan media to host live presidential debates
For the first time in the country all media houses have come together to launch the first ever live presidential debate which will be aired by 8 TV stations and 32 radio stations simultaneously.
The historic moment begins on 26th November when the first joint debate will be held where all the presidential candidates will be put on the spot to sell their manifestos to Kenyans ahead of the March 2013 elections.
A second and third debate will be held in January and February respectively. The debates will be issue based with candidates explaining how they will handle the different issues grappling the country.
Kenyans will be given an opportunity to send in the topics they would want the candidates to discuss. For more interaction, representatives from the 47 counties will be chosen to be the audience of the live shows.
Kenyans in the Diaspora will also participate in the debates online. For a transparent process, Price Water House Coopers has been mandated to oversee the entire process including selection of content meeting public expectation as well as auditing the progression.
Subsequent debates will be held on 14th January 2013 and on the 3rd and 11th of Feb 2013. In case of a run-off, another one might be slated for the two candidates.
But the highlight of the debates is the solidarity of the media who have put aside their different policies for a common agenda.
The debate was launched Wednesday by executives of different media houses namely, Waithaka Waihenya MD-KBC, Wachira Waruru MD-Royal media services, Paul Wanyaga MD-media max limited, Linus Gitahi CEO-Nation media group, Sam Sholei CEO Standard Group, and Joshua Chepkwony, Kass international.