The Vihiga gubernatorial debate was spearheaded by Hatua Trust in partnership with National council of churches of Kenya, Kaimosi Friends University College, Hatua Trust, Kenya National Chamber of commerce and Industry Vihiga branch, Radio PAG Sauti ya Matumaini, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Anglican Development Services, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims, Dacha Gardens, Roddy’s Hotel, Church Of God and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya.
The debate aimed to strengthen the quality of public engagement in the Governance and Peaceful Electoral processes in Vihiga County. The dominant political culture in Kenya and specifically in the western region is one where women are excluded, young people are instrumentalized in the political processes and the minority don’t even have a voice. National and county governments offer weak participation of citizens in governance processes. Further, political party primaries and elections are marked by violence, bribery, manipulation, and a lack of civic and voter awareness and empowerment.