September 21st 2017

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Ms Miriam Mutua explains why she snubbed Presidential running mates debate

At 8pm, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to face-off with his rival, NASA's Raila Odinga. Uhuru has indicated he will not take part in the debate, accusing the organisers - media owners association - of not involving Jubilee in the planning of the debate.

By Julliet Mwihakijmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 24 Jul 2017 13:53 EAT

Ms Miriam Mutua is the only woman running mate in a field of eight presidential contesting for the August 8 General elections. Ms Mutua, an entrepreneur and a holder of a degree in Business Administration and Management from Daystar University is the running mate to Prof. Michael Wainaina. She was born in the early 1970’s in Ndalani, Yatta in Machakos County.

All the running mates skipped the much publicized presidential running mates debate on Monday July 17, 2017 all except one candidate, Eliud Mathiora Kariara. He is the running mate of Japheth Kaluyu.

Other candidates who skipped the debate included President Uhuru Kenyatta’s William Ruto, NASA Raila Odinga’s Kalonzo Musyoka, and Dr Ekuru Aukot’s Emmanuel Nzai. Other running mates who snubbed the debate were Orina Momanyi,and Titus Ngetuny.

But Ms Mutua who did not attend the debate defended herself over allegations made on the absenteeism in the presidential running mate debate. “We did not snub the presidential running mate debate as some would want to allege but all we asked for is an equal platform for all of us,” she clarified.

In an interview, she said, she had never imagined herself as a politician. She added that an early morning call changed her life into a politician after her friend called her to go for an interview where Prof. Wainaina was looking for a running mate. Luckily she passed the interview. She however urged the ladies not to shy away from venturing into politics saying that they have what it takes to provide better leadership than their male counterparts.

She spoke of her inspiration from the late Prof. Wangari Maathai where she said that politics should not be preserve of men since women too have leadership qualities as demonstrated by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof. Wangari Maathai.

The mother of two also spoke of the campaigns they have been doing with her Presidential candidate Prof. Wainaina said despite engaging in campaigns, the media has ignored them. “We have been campaigning especially in Korogocho, Mathare, Kibera, Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Kawangware but no media has been covering us."

“Campaign is not all about shouting and making noise in the public place as people have been made to believe. We have been reaching out to people who actually need and those of the majority are in the slums,” she added.

Meanwhile the much-anticipated presidential debate is expected to take place today at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Karen, Nairobi. The first phase of the debate is scheduled to begin at 5.30 pm and will bring together Ekuru Aukot (Thirdway Alliance), Abduba Dida (Alliance for Real Change) and Cyrus Jirongo (United Democratic Party). Others are independents, former minister Joseph Nyaga, Michael Wainaina and Japheth Kaluyu.

At 8pm, President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to face-off with his rival, NASA's Raila Odinga. Uhuru has indicated he will not take part in the debate, accusing the organisers - media owners association - of not involving Jubilee in the planning of the debate. He also accused them of colluding with NASA and letting NASA-friendly moderators to humiliate him during the show.

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