Monday, December 10, 2007
Kenyans Favour Presidential Debate That Is Unlikely To Happen
ODM Presidential candidate Raila Odinga has challenged PNU’s President Kibaki to a nationally televised debate.
Interestingly a quick SMS survey done by KTN revealed that a staggering 88% would like to see such a debate.
Sadly it is highly unlikely that the debate will ever happen. The reason is probably best illustrated by the comment of one of the respondents in the SMS survey who does not favour such a contest. “It is a trap,” they said and this is how the president’s handlers will most likely see it knowing very well that their man is not half as good in “domo” as the ODM man.
Secondly Raila’s experience with the president during his short stint in government saw him gather numerous unflattering anecdotes that pain the president in poor light. For instance his rejection of a fully sponsored slum upgrading programme that would have seen the face of many Nairobi slums changed forever. Interestingly the American construction organization that had pledged full support for such a programme had already committed the funds and had to hurriedly relocate to Cameroon where the project is set to be a roaring success. Obviously in his own wisdom based on many decades in government, the president knows best why he ended up rejecting such a programme, however he would be hard pressed to explain it on national TV.
And there are many other similar instances meaning that it would be plain political suicide for the president to accept his Raila’s challenge.
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Posted by Chris at 8:55 PM