Kenya is set to hold general elections on 9 August 2022. Voters will choose a new president, as well as members of the senate and national assembly, and county governors and assemblies.
In the run-up to the polls, politicians have been travelling the country appealing for votes.
Malindi is the largest town in Kilifi county, on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline to the east.
Kingi is the outgoing governor. He recently ditched Azimio la Umoja to join the UDA.
The photo shows Ruto and Kingi sitting on top of a car in the middle of a huge crowd. Jumwa, circled in red, can be seen in the crowd raising her arm, seemingly to attract their attention.
A typical caption reads: “Dear William Ruto , this is a woman , a leader , a gubernatorial candidate by the name Aisha Jumwa vying under UDA , you’re frustrating her because of Amason Kingi who joined your camp weeks ago , why is she begging to speak at your rallies?”
It continues: “Is this how your reward your foot soldiers? Aisha is a woman Raila Odinga has mentored, Mbona unafanyia watu wa Baba hivi !!” The Kiswahili translates as: “Why are you doing this to Raila’s people !!”
The suggestion is that Ruto and Kingi were ignoring Jumwa because of her previous association with Odinga.
Africa Check has previously debunked photos used to spread propaganda during Kenya’s election period. Does the photo really indicate that Ruto and Kingi ignored Jumwa “begging to speak” at a rally?
Ruto endorses Jumwa
The search led us to a video of the event, streamed live on YouTube by TV47 Kenya.
In the video, Ruto can be seen acknowledging Jumwa’s presence and endorsing her as the next governor of Kilifi. Jumwa then waves to the crowd.
Ruto and Kingi did not ignore Jumwa at the rally.
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