“William Ruto has requested William Kabogo to drop his ambitions of vying for Kiambu Governor and support UDA candidate. Ruto has promised him a cabinet position,” it reads.
“It has come to our attention that there are reports from social media platforms stating that [Kabogo] has withdrawn his candidacy for the gubernatorial seat in the August 2022 elections,” the statement reads.
“The [party secretariat] wishes to state that this is false information and well programmed propaganda directed at our party leader. [Kabogo] is the Tujibebe Party Kiambu County Gubernatorial Candidate in the August 9th 2022 elections.”
Philomena Kabogo, Kabogo’s wife, posted the statement on Facebook the same day, urging people to “ignore the fake news”.
Kabogo weighed in on 20 April. “I am optimistic that I will win the governorship in Kiambu so that we can finish the great work that we started and then I can go for Presidency from there,” he reportedly said.
And on 5 June, Kenya’s electoral commission cleared Kabogo to vie for the Kiambu governor’s seat. Ten days later, he was on the campaign trail when he had a widely reported altercation with senator Kimani Wamatangi, a rival for the governorship.
Kabogo is still running for governor of Kiambu county.
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