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Reasons to hope electoral debates are here to stay
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Politics and Society Reasons to hope electoral debates are here to stay

Presidential debates in Africa are rare. Kenya continues to bravely venture into that uncharted electoral territory. The country’s election period has been refreshingly marked by engaging debates. Kenya is one of three countries to have ever held presidential debates and the 2022 showing was the most organised and dignified.

Underdog Gachagua turns the tables on Karua
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Politics and Society Underdog Gachagua turns the tables on Karua

Kenya’s presidential running mates went head-to-head on July 19, 2022. Azimio’s Martha Karua was an easy favourite to dominate the Deputy Presidential debate but Kenya Kwanza’s Rigathi Gachagua caught her flat-footed. Styling herself as a champion and chief crusader of fighting corruption, Karua didn’t convincingly persuade Kenyans on many issues, including how an Azimio government would deal with the runaway vice.