Though Jubilee Alliance had decided that their flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta would not participate in Kenya’s second presidential debate citing unfairness in the second debate ,they later made a u-turn for their candidate and allowed Kenyatta participate.
Soon after the end of the debate ,Kenyatta expressed pleasure at his participation terming the debate ‘fair’.
“We did our best, I think it was fair… it went all,” said Kenyatta accompanied by his wife Margaret and their three children.
Kenyatta later confirmed he enjoyed the debate on his Facebook page saying: “I hope you all enjoyed the debate as much as I did. A Jubilee government is one that will be focused on solutions.”
During the debate Kenyatta was tasked to explain the vast land owned by the Kenyatta family. Uhuru Kenyatta admitted his family owns 30,000 acres of land in Taita Taveta County.
Kenyatta, who had earlier tactfully sidestepped a challenge by debate co-moderator Joe Ageyo to declare the total acreage owned by the Kenyatta family, gave in to the question after prodding by his rival from Narc-Kenya.
Martha Karua had charged that the Kenyatta family was among the three largest land owners in the county. She listed former Taveta MP Basil Criticos and the Kenya Wildlife Service as the others.
It is at this stage that Kenyatta declared that they own 30,000 acres and had recently “donated 4,000 acres to settle squatters,” but added other land owners in the district involve several other ranchers.
Kenyatta was however insistent that neither he nor his family have ever been cited for illegal land acquisition.
The other candidates who participated included ; Musalia Mudavadi (Amani coalition), Martha Karua (Narc-Kenya), James ole Kiyiapi (Restore and Rebuild Kenya), Peter Kenneth (Eagle Coalition), Paul Muite (SAFINA), Mohamed Abduda Dida (ARK) and Prime Minister Raila Odinga of the CORD party.