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Kenya lawmaker Onyonka eyeing senate, not running for Kisii county governorship – election poster fake

An election poster circulating on Facebook in January 2022 suggests that Kenyan member of parliament Richard Onyonka is standing for the governor’s seat in Kisii county, west of the capital Nairobi. Kenya is set to hold general elections in August.

“ONYONKA RICHARD FOR GOVERNOR KISII COUNTY 2022,” text on the poster reads. It includes a photo of Onyonka, the symbol of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) opposition party and the slogan “UONGOZI BORA WENYE MAFANIKIO” – “better successful leadership”.

Onyonka defected from the Ford Kenya party to the ODM in November. Earlier reports said he was keen on the Kisii governor’s seat, but is now said to be eyeing the senate seat.

Has the lawmaker changed his mind again? We checked. 


‘I am running for senator’

Africa Check reached out to Onyonka to clarify. In a text message, Onyonka dismissed the poster as fake.

“What was posted on Facebook about me running for governor is fake news! I am running for senator,” he told us.

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