A similar graphic started circulating on Facebook in late March 2022.
It quotes Sudi as saying only someone from western Kenya should be considered as a running mate for United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto in the August 2022 general elections.
“Running mate position belongs to Western Region, Dr William Ruto has already penetrated Mt Kenya and he will get majority of the votes with or without the running mate position,” the quote reads.
“We are going to use the running mate's position to entice Western Kenya from AZIMIO.”
Western region, Mount Kenya, AZIMIO?
When politics is discussed in Kenya, “Mount Kenya” refers to the country’s central region and the voters who live there – specifically the Kikuyu, Meru and Embu communities.
AZIMIO is Azimio la Umoja (“declaration of unity” in Kiswahili), a coalition of political parties headed by Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement. Odinga, a prominent opposition politician and former prime minister, is also running for president in the August elections.
But has Sudi dismissed this, saying Ruto’s “running mate position belongs to” western Kenya? We checked.
Africa Check asked Brian Muuo, the head of social media at Kenyans.co.ke, about the graphic. “This is fake,” he said.
There is no evidence Sudi said this. And there’s no evidence Kenyans.co.ke or any other media house claimed he said it.
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