Media Owners Association Kenya, the Media Council of Kenya, and Kenya Editors Guild have launched the schedule of the Kenya Presidential Debates 2022.
The editor’s panel in consultation with Political Parties agreed on a joint inclusive approach to the process during a press briefing.
The joint approach will be steered by Clifford Machoka, currently Head of External Affairs & Marketing, Nation Media Groups, as the Head of the Presidential Debates Secretariat.
According to the organizations, structures have been put in place to protect Kenyans’ interests and to provide fairness to all parties involved, particularly audiences and candidates.
Machoka will lead a multi-institutional team to engage political party partners and stakeholders in the electoral process, as well as organize the 2022 Presidential and Deputy Presidential Debates.
He will be assisted by Leo Mutisya, the Media Council of Kenya’s Head of Research and Media Monitoring, and Rosalia Omungo, the Kenya Editors’ Guild’s Chief Executive Officer.
“A team of senior editors from across media houses has been established to provide stewardship of the content aspects given how critical the debates are to ensure the public interest obligations are served,” a joint statement by the three media entities reads.
“What we launch today is a journey that will see the various arms of the media industry play their rightful role during this electoral process,” the statement adds.
Debates of this nature have become the place for clarity of priorities, public policies, ideas and other development aspects key to the Kenyan people particularly given that Kenya has many diverse political voices.
“The debates play a significant role in the way we choose our leaders. During these debates, the public gets to listen to the candidates and gauge what their priorities could be once they assume office, “the joint statement reads.
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