Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Presidential Debate 2013

The historic debate that was eagerly awaited for finally happened yesterday, every Kenyan wanted to know what their favorite Presidential candidate will say. With heated campaigns full of accusations and criticism many expected the debate to be hot with arguments but it turned out to be somehow peaceful. The ICC issue had to be mentioned but it did not cause a lot of tension as expected because the candidates handled it with a lot of caution. At least it was good to avoid land issue and hope it does not come up in the next debate.

What many Kenyans hoped for and I believe was realized was to see the Presidential candidates hold a mature debate in a peaceful manner to quell fears that there is tension amongst them especially Hon. Raila Odinga and Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, that could cause problems in the country like in 2007/2008. It was good to hear Raila Odinga refer to Uhuru Kenyatta as his brother and it was very pleasant to see them shake hands and interact after the debate. This shows Kenyan's that they are friends and we do not need to hate each other because of them. It is always said Kenya is bigger than individuals and that is why we should not fight or hate because of a few individuals.

The most outstanding candidate who instantly became a celebrity is Mr. Mohamed Abduba Dida, the 39 year old former teacher and the youngest candidate. He made the show lively by his humorous nature and not mincing words when asking questions. The debate would have not been lively without him. However the organizers forgot about those who do not understand English. Otherwise many thanks to the media for organizing this debate and sponsors, I believe Kenyans are much relieved after this debate and look forward to the next one on 25th February 2013 before elections. In the next one the message of peace by the candidates will be very vital because we need to get over with this elections peacefully and move on with our lives.

God bless Kenya.

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