Why should we give a job to someone who snubs interview?

When I recently attended a job interview at a local university, I was amused when I was asked whether I knew how to teach.

I found myself fumbling and that has taught me a lot concerning the profession that I thought I knew everything about.

Interviews are very important and, by failing to attend, you disqualify yourself from the job.

So, I was morally disturbed on Monday when all running mates for presidential candidates in the August 8 General Election but one — Kariara Muthiora for Dr Japheth Kaluyu — were invited to a live television debate but arrogantly snubbed it.

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This was the height of hubris and can be best understood within the framework of the Aristotelian concept of tragedy found in Greek drama.

Tragedy, Aristotle contends, starts when a hero allows power to create hubris in his heart. That, inevitably, causes his downfall.

And this is what the debate-snubbing politicians did. They failed to understand that they are just job seekers. One thing stands out: They hold the voter with contempt.

MUTHOKA wa MUTIE, Nakuru.

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The snub by presidential running mates shows how they take Kenyans and the media for granted.

It was for such times as now that American author John Maxwell said: “A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life.

A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage.

A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.”

CHRISTOPHER OKINDA, Nakuru.

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How could an event such as the deputy presidential debate be treated with such contempt by the invited participants? I’m sceptical about the presidential debate!

MERCY WAITHAKA,Nairobi.

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I salute one true statesman, Mr Eliud Muthiora Kariara, not only for being the only deputy presidential candidate at the debate, but also for his respect and humility by honouring the invitation and being ready to be held accountable.

PRUDENCE MAKENA, Kisumu.

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It is clear that Kenyan leaders do not have the public’s interest at heart after presidential running mates openly snubbed the debate.

It is high time young and intelligent leaders such as Muthiora Kariara is given a chance to lead.

DANDE VIVIAN, Migori.

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The leaders who skipped the debate just told us they want us to listen to them, not question them.

FELIX NMICHAEL OCHWAL, Siaya.

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The snub of the debate by Deputy President William Ruto and Nasa’s Kalonzo Musyoka is a blot on their readiness for the poll.

ORINA ONWONGA, Kisii.

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