Kenya Decides: Candidates Argue On Post 2007 Violence

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During the televised debate, Prime Minister Raila Odinga asked Martha Karua why the law was not followed in the appointment of the ECK chair as it was agreed upon in the Inter Party Parliamentary Group in 1997.

Karua who was among the people who amended the law to provide for the parties to join the government in the appointment of the EC chairman defended the then decision to have Samuel Kivuitu as chair saying all the parties in the opposition were not legal.

“Raila’s ODM was not represented in parliament as he was still recognized as a member of Narc and therefore could not be consulted. The only party that was consulted was KANU led by Uhuru Kenyatta who had joined the government,” Karua said.


Raila defended his party’s decision to take mass action after the disputed presidential elections saying the courts were biased and mass action was the best way they could get justice.

Karua reaffirmed her statements that ‘You should not blame the ECK commissioners when parties are the ones who rigged.’

“The courts were not impartial for ODM to go to them for petitions. We acted in the best interest of Kenyans,” said Raila.

Mohammed Dida joined the debate asking “If the elections were stolen, why did you (Raila) accept the results? Or partnership with the winner?”

Raila argued that by implementing the new constitution, Kenya shall create credible electoral institutions while Uhuru said that individual roles are clearly stipulated in the new constitution and that will make election fair.

“Elections should not derail the economy,” said Kenyatta.

The Post election chaos ended the first session of the second round of the Kenya’s historic debate.

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