I knew presidential debate was a trap, couldn’t take bait, says Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta now says he knew the presidential debate held on Monday was a trap which he did not want to fall for.

NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka earlier said the President fell for the coalition’s trap and that he was too scared to face the public and answer their questions.

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But Uhuru said the media handled the Opposition with kids’ gloves instead of challenging it in the same manner does the administration.

Speaking in Kangema, Muranga county, on Tuesday, the President said Raila’s answers proved this.

“When he was asked about the remarks in Kajiado, he said he had never uttered those words but the media could not challenge him,” he said.

“If the media wants videos of what he said, we can give them so they can see it for themselves.”

Uhuru spoke in Kiswahili then switched to Kikuyu.

He said “that is the reason why I refused to go to…I had foreseen that this was a trap.”

The President added that the government has worked hard for Kenyans, “who can see it”, so there was no need for media debates on this.

“Some people in the media think they can intimidate people. Votes are not in the media but with the people of Kenya,” he said.

“We have been giving people electricity at their homes so they can watch TV in the first place and, more importantly, do business. We have been issuing title deeds in villages, listening to people and delivering water to them…that is what counts.”

Earlier today, Uhuru said he prefers addressing Kenyans in person.

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