Back to Africa Check

No, Kenyan politician Khalwale didn’t say he may leave UDA for Azimio la Umoja coalition – quote fake

A message posted on Facebook in late January 2022 quotes Kenyan politician Boni Khalwale, a former senator for Kakamega county and member of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), as saying he may leave his party to join the Azimio la Umoja coalition of political parties.

Kenya is set to hold general elections on 9 August.

“I will consider leaving UDA to AZIMIO DAP-K. The people of Kakamega have spoken and the only road to Kakamega Governorship is AZIMIO,” the message reads. “Mudavadi I love you, Ruto you are my good friend but the people of Kakamega have spoken to me. I wish you good luck.”

A photo of Khalwale, who is running for governor of Kakamega county, is shown below the message.

Azimio la Umoja (“declaration of unity” in Kiswahili) is headed by former prime minister Raila Odinga, who is running for president. So far 15 smaller parties have joined the coalition, including the Democratic Action Party of Kenya (DAP-K).

Odinga’s rivals for the top job include Musalia Mudavadi of the Amani National Congress and Mudavadi’s ally William Ruto, the current deputy president.

But did the former senator say he may leave the UDA for Azimio? We checked.

LeaveUda_False

No sign of Khalwale shifting camp

Khalwale launched his bid for the Kakamega governorship on 28 December 2021 under the UDA ticket. A campaign poster he tweeted on 8 February – two weeks after the claim appeared – carries the UDA logo.

On 25 January he posted a screenshot of the message on Facebook and Twitter, stamped “FAKE”.

 

 

“Hahaa! Desperate livestock are unable to find a candidate who can match me!” he wrote. “They think this fake banter can sway me to their Azimio la utapeli [declaration of fraud]. Go away.”

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.