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UK last minute 'softening of heart' not a surprise

26 February 2013, 13:25 Cheruo Levi Cheptora

Jubilee's Presidential Candidate Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta’s last minute resolve to finally attend what has been taunted as the most sensitive Presidential Debate does not come as a surprise.

His once ‘fearful’ Campaign secretariat must have read the mood of the nation more so the ‘swing vote’ battalion which might make or break their boss come March 4th 2013!

As a distraught electorate who is looking forward to the thorny land reforms issues among others (that have been a recipe for perennial ethnic animosities in most parts of the country, thus the chief root cause of PEV every electioneering period), I would have loved to hear how Kenyatta’s Jubilee Coalition is going to embrace this challenge.

More so, given the much publicised pollsters that he carried the day as far as Presidential Debates Round one is concerned, I would have loved to see him once more engage his opponents in an informative and healthy debate.

Presidential Debates in developed democracies like the USA have been known to sway voter’s decisions and affect greatly the score card of presidential candidates.

It not only serves as a platform for gauging one’s in depths as far as a wide range of economic issues are concerned, but also reflects on the personality of the debaters, their ability to answer to issues objectively and more vital, their rationale and sincerity to the electorates.

In any case, the latest pollsters clearly demonstrates the assumption that debates indeed can influence the decision of voters.

Of late, Uhuru Kenyatta enjoys a slim edge over his closes rival Raila Amolo Odinga. Whereas some opinion experts have said they might tie, some have indicated that Uhuru might carry the day come March 4th (even though with a very small margin).

With just under a week to go, Uhuru’s camp might have gambled and eventually chose to eat a humble pie by letting their boss to attend the grand debate.

Having read their previous ‘scathing’ letters which described the previous debate as shambolic, one can be alarmed at the latest development.

However, I would love to believe that apart from a few helpless short sighted pessimists in Jubilee Campaign Secretariat, there must be a handful of longsighted optimists who are courageous enough to see beyond sheer ‘emotional-oriented’ arguments, hence their humble gesture!

The truth is - such a clever sphere might have seen this as well amidst the myopic campaign secretariats in Jubilee's Camp - by missing the debate, Uhuru might have scored poorly as far as the so called ‘swing vote’ is concerned, period!

Such a development might have jeopardized his bid and perhaps ruin his chances of taking up an early lead.

Personally, I would have had to think seriously about electing a candidate who is afraid of mere debates and challenging his opponents (no matter the nature of the debate).

Surely, it wasn’t a deadly battle with clubs and machetes; just an open ended chit chat about land and economic realities that are facing our country!

As I anxiously wait for the big day, I honestly would love to wish Uhuru Kenyatta the very best!

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