By Jane Nambi
Six members have been approved to contest in the Kenya 2013 elections ahead of the March elections.
The approved candidates are MP, Gichugu Constituency, Martha Karua, One of the two Deputy Prime Ministers of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya, Raila Odinga, Peter Kenneth, MP, Gatanga Constituency, James Ole Kiyiapi, Former Permanent Secretary, Education Ministry and Musalia Mudavadi, One of the two Deputy Prime Ministers of the Republic of Kenya.
Two other members, Paul Muite – Former MP for Kikuyu Constituency (Safina Party) and Mohammed Abduba Dida – Alliance of Real Change candidate are still being evaluated by Kenyan electoral commission.
Before the elections, debates are going to be held and will be broadcast between 11 February 2013 to 25th February 2013 with coverage from eight television stations and 32 radio stations. Both debates will be will be held at the Brookhouse International School. The first debate will be moderated by Julie Gichuru and Linus Kaikai while the second Debate by Joe Ageyo and Uduak Amimo.
The elections bring to mind the previous elections in Kenya, 2007 which were marred by violence that saw the death of many in the country.
The current president, Mwai Kibaki, 81, announced he will not be returning to contest in the 2013 elections, a welcome decision making him one of Africa’s presidents to step down diplomatically.