In it, Karua appears to vow she won’t “share a platform with thieves, social misfits, church arsonists, rats, Vermins, snakes, paedophiles, looters, baggage and crooks”.
The quote goes on: “I respect my political calibre, Kenya deserves better. I better be a sweeper in Railas Government than Rutos running mate.”
Karua was under pressure to declare her allegiance to the Azimio la Umoja coalition led by Odinga or the Kenya Kwanza coalition led by Ruto. She had long resisted and said on 15 March on Twitter joining a coalition was not a “requirement” or urgent and could be “before or after elections or not at all”.
But is the offending quote accurate?
Statement ‘false’ says Karua’s office
Karua denounced a similarly fake quote in January 2022.
When we contacted Karua’s office, they responded: “We confirm that the statement is false."
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