Abduba Dida case challenging presidential debate dismissed

Abduba Dida case challenging presidential debate dismissed

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,7TH JULY 2017-Presidential debates to go on as planned after court dismisses case filled by Abduba Dida seeking to block the July 10 debates. Alliance for Real Change presidential candidate Mohammed Abduba Dida had sued Debate Media Limited and the Media Council of Kenya claiming that they were discriminative by featuring two categories of candidates.
Judge Joseph Mativo has dismissed his case after finding that it does not constitute discrimination for the organizers of the debate to separate the candidates into two groups for the purposes of the debate.

The judge has found that Dida has the option of opting out of the debate if he is not happy with the arrangements adding that they do not in any way prohibit him from articulating his agenda.

Dida had argued that the differentiation of the candidates on the basis of the popularity for the purpose of the debate qualified as discrimination.

The effect of the ruling is that the organisers of the presidential debate can now proceed with their original plan to give President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga an exclusive debate platform.

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