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How Uhuru plans to salvage his campaign after shunning TV debate

President Uhuru Kenyatta says he will offer interviews to 40 radio stations to “directly reach Kenyans”, a day after he snubbed the much-publicised Presidential Debate.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu said the Head of State has already given interviews to 14 radio stations, directly reaching Kenyans on his Action Plan for Kenya’s future.

“He will also engage with Kenya’s youth through platforms they are familiar with,” said Mr Esipisu in reference to social media.


The head of state turned down an offer to debate Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga. Mr Odinga fielded questions alone and won praise from Kenyans across the political divide.

President Kenyatta on Tuesday commenced an intense 12-day tour of Kenya.

His last campaign events will be in Nairobi on August 6, 48 hours before the August 8 election. This will be the second round of an all-counties campaign by the President.

Only this Sunday he completed a 14-counties blitz covered in seven days in which he put his call for unity and peace at the heart of his campaign agenda.


These meet-the-people visits will see the President traverse 30 counties, making stops at more than 200 campaign stops. Deputy President William Ruto will also make another 200 campaign stops.

The President’s odyssey will take him to Nyeri, Murang’a, Marsabit, Samburu, Bungoma, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kiambu, Kajiado, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nairobi, Bomet, Kericho, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kisii, Nyamira, Nandi, Garissa, Migori and Uasin Gishu.