Daystar Hosts Senatorial Debate
Weeks after the Nairobi gubernatorial debate televised live from Daystar University by KTN News on July 3, 2017, Daystar once again hosted the Nairobi Senatorial debate on Friday 21st July 2017 at the DAC Auditorium.
The debate was organized by the Executive Leadership Network (ELNET) and hosted by Mark Maasai and Smriti Vidyarthi of NTV.
In attendance were all the seven aspirants namely Edwin Sifuna, John Wamagata, Suzanne Silanto, Garosia Remeshchandra, Zachariah Momanyi, Dennis Nthumbi and Johnson Sakaja.
Each candidate was determined to prove they were the best for the job as they talked about their mission and plan if elected the next Nairobi Senator. Edwin Sifuna from the ODM Party was clear in differentiating the role of a Senator and a Governor. He promised to fight for the rights of Nairobi residents, and get the National Government to pay the debt it owes the County government paid as soon as possible. He talked of himself as a servant leader guided by integrity and transparency.
John Wamagata from Safina party explained his Operation Ondoa Panya, which looks forward to eradicating corrupt leaders from the government. He vividly criticized corruption and injustice in the county. Wamagata strongly supported street demonstrations to bring the needed change. “If justice is denied, take action,” he vehemently said.
Suzanne Silanto, the only female and Independent candidate talked about her youthfulness as an asset. She said she understood the needs of the youths and how much potential they hold far much more than any other candidate. If elected, she said, she would use the law to protect the funds and resources of the county. In her parting shot, Silanto promised Nairobi youth employment, health care and sanitation, good housing, equal opportunities for everyone and a better city to live in.
Garasia Remeshchandra from the Wiper Party and owner of Taj Mall claimed that corruption and tribalism had robbed Nairobi County the opportunity to attract investors. To deal with this, he promised to automate most government and business transactions to monitor financial flows in and out of Kenya’s capital.
Coming from a security background, Dennis Nthumbi of Angano Party said he will put in place new measures to deal with crime in Nairobi, and make the County a safe place to live in. He talked of transformational leadership and the need for an ethical county with employment for all youths.
Finally, Johnson Sakaja from the Jubilee party promised to attract investors in order to create employment. Sakaja underscored the need for accountability in the registration of companies to favor the youth. His government will practice fairness for all Nairobi residents and love for everyone.
As the debate came to a close, the candidates signed a peace pledge, committing to desist from the promotion of ethnicity, hate speech, violence whether verbal or written, that would interfere with the stability of the nation. The peace pledge was courtesy of Mkenya Daima.