The presidential debate will be held in different stages this year and it will have large audience compared to the last years' debate. The first debate will be a head-on debate between the NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Raila Odinga with his collegues in Bomas. PHOTO | Courtesy

Kenya's presidential candidates will go head to head in televised debates on July 10 and 24, ahead of the general election on August 8.

The American-style debates will see the candidates reach out to the widest possible audience to explain how they would govern Kenya if elected.

They are aimed at helping voters make informed choices, promoting national cohesion and steering campaigns towards the quality of leadership rather than personalities.

"The committee is finalizing on rules that will guide the debates. We are yet to decide on the number of candidates who will participate." the organizers said in a press statement.

Royal media services CEO Wachira Waruru said the sessions will take place from 7.30pm at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. The running mates' debate will take place on July 17 at the same time.

According to Waruru, this season's debate will be a bit different as people will have a one on one talk with the aspirants. The presidential debate will have enough time for participants to ask questions. It will aso involve the running mates from different parties.

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