Nairobi gubernatorial seat frontrunners Johnson Sakaja and Polycarp Igathe participated in a debate where they each sold their manifestos to the city electorate.
However, the Monday, July 11, session held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa was characterised by rebuttals as the candidates abandoned decorum and went for each other's throats.
Speaking during the heated debate, Igathe, who is seeking the seat on a Jubilee ticket, weaponised Sakaja's academic woes to portray him as an unsuitable candidate for Nairobi's seat.Charlatan, State Project: Sakaja, Igathe take Swipes at Each other During Gubernatorial Debate
On the other hand, Sakaja capitalised on Igathe's 2018 move to resign as the Nairobi deputy governor and used it repetitively to dismiss his candidacy.
On tackling issues facing Nairobians, a section of netizens felt Sakaja was way better than his opponent as his agenda related to the common city dweller.
The social media users opined that Igathe was more of a manager than a politician as his manifesto seemed complex and unrelatable.
Consequently, the tweeps felt Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi was a better option for the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya than Igathe.
The netizens felt Wanyonyi would have done better during the debate adding that he was the man to beat Sakaja in the forthcoming elections.Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate: Kenya Kwanza Supporters Relieved as Johnson Sakaja Finally Shows up
Here are some comments sampled by TUKO.co.ke:
"Tim Wanyonyi would have defeated Sakaja hands down. This Igathe is just a rich kid who only knows soft life and when life gets hard, looks like one to run back crying to the mother."
"Azimio only chance of winning Nairobi was Tim Wanyonyi, this Igathe thing is scripted."
"Tim Wanyonyi would have beat Sakaja in this debate. Even if you don't like Sakaja, just ensure Igathe is not your governor."
Odeo Sirari said:
"After watching the two comedians engaging in sideshows while avoiding pertinent questions, I feel sorrowful that Nairobians were denied the opportunity to elect a great governor in Tim Wanyonyi."
"Tim Wanyonyi is more of a leader than a politician. These two fellows Sakaja and Igathe are incapable of leading Nairobi but we have no choice."
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"The state project has flopped a big one, should’ve just left Tim Wanyonyi to vie."
Evans Miloo said:
"Deep State regrets short-changing Tim Wanyonyi with Igathe, Sakaja is God sent."