Back to Africa Check

Baringo county’s Moi ranked at 34 – not 47 – in index of Kenyan senators’ performance

A message posted on the Kenyan Facebook group page “Team Ruto”, which has more than 200,000 members, claims that Gideon Moi, the senator of Baringo county, was ranked the worst performer in a recent survey of county governments.

“Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has been ranked number 47 out of 47 senators,” the message begins. Data from CrowdTangle, Facebook’s insights tool, shows that the claim has been made in similar posts shared on pages with thousands of followers.

The CountyTrak Kenya Index was compiled by Infotrak Research and Consulting. The company describes it as “an objective citizens' scorecard on the performance of their county governments against a set of performance indicators”.

The index comes out of a survey conducted from October 2019 to January 2020 using “computer assisted telephone interviews”, InfoTrak says.

It includes a Happiness Index, Optimism Index and Condition of Life Index for each of Kenya’s 47 counties, as well as a Governor Index and Senator Index.

But does it rank Baringo county’s Moi as the worst performing senator?

Rated at 34 in 2020 and 30 in 2015

The 2020 Senator Index, which tracks county senators’ approval rating, ranks Moi at 34 – not 47 – with an approval rating of 43.8%. The 47th position is taken by Tana River senator Wario Golich Juma, with a rating of 36.4%.

Moi was ranked at 30 in the 2015 index, with an approval rating of 50%. – Grace Gichuhi


Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

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 Meta'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.