Sakaja turns up late for the big debate

Igathe and Sakaja

Nairobi governor race Jubilee party candidate Polycarp Igathe (right) welcomes his competitor Johnson Sakaja of UDA party to the podium during the gubernatorial debate at the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA).

Photo credit: eff Angote | Nation Media Group

UDA party Nairobi governor candidate Johnson Sakaja showed up almost 20 minutes after the scheduled starting time for the Nairobi 2022 Gubernatorial Debate.

He was welcomed to the podium by his competitor and Jubilee party candidate Polycarp Igathe.

When put to task by the moderators on why he was late, Sakaja only joked that "my opponent is used to head starts so I wanted to give him an opportunity."

The first tier of the Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate involved candidates whose popularity in opinion polls is below five percent and took place between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. The second tier debate is involving the two leading candidates - Sakaja and Igathe - and runs from 8.00pm to 9.30pm.

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