United Democratic Alliance (UDA) has advised Deputy President and Kenya Kwanza Presidential candidate William Ruto to withdraw from the Presidential debate.
The debate is scheduled for July this year before the August, 9, general elections.
Ruto’s presidential campaign Secretary and UDA Head of Communication Hussein Mohammed said in a statement on Thursday that the move has been triggered by a lot of bias in some media houses that have turned to be Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance mouthpiece and campaign tools.
“We have noted with much concern the repeated and continued bias and propaganda in a section of Kenya’s mainstream media in abuse of statutory,” noted Mr Mohammed.
Mohammed further noted that “Under the current partisan media environment, we have advised our candidate against participating in the presidential debate.”
Mohammed reiterated that political news is a matter of public interest and its coverage by journalists, media practitioners or media enterprises has to be done fairly, accurately and with all sides of the story being reported in an impartial manner.
He singled out Royal Media Services that owns Citizen TV, Inooro TV among a range of 11 radio stations that have been according to Mohammed campaigning for Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition in a bias manner, with Kenya Kwanza being given minimal or no coverage at all in most instances.
The Daily Nation too was not spared by the Kenya Kwanza.
“This has been deliberately contravened, ignored and bravely abused by the sections of the media,” added the former Citizen TV top Prime news anchor.
Media Owners Association, Media Council of Kenya and Kenya Editors Guild jointly announced that the Presidential and Deputy Presidential Debates will take place before the August, 9 General elections.