Cover Letter on the Presidential Nomination by robertalai


                                                                                        THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE
                                                                                        PROMISO PLAZA, JOGOO ROAD
                                                                                        P.O BOX 13913-00800
  The Organizing Committee
  The Presidential Debate 2013                                                          WEBSITE:
  The Presidential Debate 2013 Secretariat
  Off Mara/Ragati Road

  Date                          Direct Tel Number        In reply please quote         Your reference T.B.A
  18 February, 2013                                      our reference TNA/IEBC01/18

  Dear Sirs,


  We write to commend you on successfully orchestrating the first ever Presidential Debate held in Kenya.
  The Debate was broadcast simultaneously on all the country’s Television and Radio channels and it will
  undoubtedly and rightly come to be viewed as a seminal event in Kenya’s history.

  However, we wish to register our profound disappointment that there were numerous acts of omission
  and commission that affected the overall tenor of the debate, particularly the moderators’ obsession
  with the ICC issue vis-a-vis Jubilee Presidential Candidate, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta.

  It is our observation that the moderators deliberately allowed the other candidates to escape public
  scrutiny over various national scandals that have characterized their political careers; a number of which
  are even more prominent that the ICC issue.

  We would have expected that after the introduction of the so-called “elephant-in-the-room” regarding
  Uhuru Kenyatta and the ICC; due focus would also have been given to equally sizeable jumbos (hard
  questions) touching on other candidates, including the Triton, Maize and Kazi kwa Vijana scandals
  involving Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

  It did not escape the notice of impartial observers that when Senior Counsel Paul Muite introduced a new
  dimension to the ICC debate – to the effect that Raila could not have escaped blame when his deputy
  William Ruto was being prosecuted over the same issues; moderators failed to pursue this angle further
  and instead they side stepped the issue entirely. Rather than putting Raila on his defense over his
  puzzling omission from ICC scrutiny, the moderators seemed predisposed to a set line of thinking in
  which they could not even entertain the idea that Raila Odinga had a case to answer regarding the ICC
  and Post Election Violence (PEV).

  In a similar vein, it is profoundly curious that Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi was not probed
  over his alleged involvement in the complex multi-billion-shilling Goldenberg Scandal despite his name
featuring prominently in a number of Reports which were commissioned to investigate the scandal. It is
equally surprising that the spotlight of scrutiny was not beamed on Kenya National Congress leader Peter
Kenneth over his alleged financial improprieties while at the helm of both the KFF and Kenya-Re.

Further, we respectfully submit that Martha Karua’s moral standing and self-declared commitment to
family values should have been scrutinized and weighed against allegations of moral impropriety and of
probity, all of which are in the public domain.

Safina candidate Paul Muite should not have been let off the hook without being pressed to give a
convincing explanation over the scrupulously documented allegations of him having received a Sh20
million bribe from the architect of the Goldenberg scam, Kamlesh Pattni, in the 1990s; information
brought into the public domain by Pattni himself and confirmed by a senior business associate of Muite’s
at the time.

For fairness to have prevailed for all the presidential candidates, Restore and Build Kenya Presidential
candidate Professor James ole Kiyiapi should have been put on his defense over the misappropriation of
the Free Primary and Free Day Secondary Education funds during his tenure as Permanent Secretary in
the Ministry of Education.

Unfortunately, the moderators only chose to introduce the ICC “elephant” and thereby created a stage
upon which the other candidates could gang up and ruthlessly attack Uhuru Kenyatta as if they were
themselves above both blame and suspicion. This was anything but a level playing field and smacked of
favoritism, bias and victimization.

What followed was a total failure of moderating and fairness. The debate spun out of the moderators’
control to the extent that the ICC issue consumed more than half-an-hour; while more pressing issues like
Job Creation and the Economy received scant attention

The obsession with the ICC matter took so much time of the debate that the moderators squandered an
opportunity to interrogate the respective manifestoes and question the candidates on important aspects
of those documents that are aimed at guiding the policies of the next government.

We are also concerned that, despite earlier agreements about the choice of pre- and post-debate
analysts, they were picked in total breach of trust in this matter, allowing an analyst openly, serially and
acutely hostile to Kenyatta to form part of this important team as detailed below.

We have outlined some of the fundamental concerns in the memorandum attached to this cover that we
feel necessitate an urgent meeting between the organising committee and ourselves; where we can
explain the reasons why our candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, will not be participating in the second round of
the Presidential Debate scheduled for Monday, 25th February, 2013.
We are ready to meet with your team at the earliest time possible to discuss these issues.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours Faithfully,

Jubilee Presidential Campaign Team

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