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Moses Kuria decried alleged media bias toward the Kenya Kwanza coalition, saying they will not attend the two debates

Deputy President William Ruto and his running mate Rigathi Gachagua will not attend the 2022 Deputy Presidential and Presidential debates respectively. This is according to Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.

Through a statement on his Facebook page on Friday, July 17, Kuria, who had earlier accompanied Ruto and his team to rallies in Kiambu county, said their Kenya Kwanza candidates will not attend the July 19, and July 26.

The Kiambu county gubernatorial seat on a Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) ticket cites alleged media bias in the Kenya Kwanza decision.

While citing the recent exchange between UDA candidate for Nairobi county Johnson Sakaja and one of the moderators (Zubeida Koome) during the Nairobi county gubernatorial debate, Kuria claimed that the media has clearly taken sides and that they have made a final decision to skip the debate.

"The Zubeida Koome "Is your name Sakaja?" Quip is a clear indicator of the media bias that Kenya Kwanza has been complaining of. The Kenya Kwanza Alliance will NOT participate in both the Running Mate debate and the Presidential Debate and that is FINAL," stated Kuria.

MP Moses Kuria addressing the crowd during the Kenya Kwanza rally at Kikuyu, Kiambu county on Friday, July 15. Photo: Courtesy

Despite not being the coalition's spokesperson, Kuria's CCK party is among the key partner parties making the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.

His remarks come just hours after DP Ruto's presidential campaign Communications Director Hussein Mohamed issued a press statement on Friday concerning Ruto and Gachagua's availability for the two debates.

Hussein said he had advised the two accordingly concerning the 'current media environment' and it is upon them to decide whether they will attend the debates or not.

“Whether or not the UDA presidential candidate and deputy will appear for debates is a matter that firmly rests with them. I and the team have advised them given the current media environment. That advice was legitimized by a monitoring report in June conducted by MCK,” stated Mohamed.

In June this year, Hussein said as a coalition, they have advised their candidate against participating in the presidential debates due to what he said is the current partisan media environment.