Back to Africa Check

No, quote fake – Kenyan politician Karua didn’t say she’d ‘never join Azimio coalition’

“I won’t and will never join Azimio Coalition, Uhuru and his Handshake partner should retire peacefully,” reads a quote attributed to Kenyan politician Martha Karua, circulating on Facebook in March 2022.

Kenya is set to hold general elections on 9 August 2022. Azimio la Umoja – “declaration of unity” in Kiswahili – is a coalition of political parties formed in the run-up to the elections.

“Uhuru” is to Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta. His “Handshake partner” is the opposition leader Raila Odinga, with whom Kenyatta formed the March 2018 handshake deal”, agreeing to work together. The two head the Azimio la Umoja coalition.

The quote has also been posted on Twitter. It started circulating online after Karua skipped the coalition’s national delegates convention in Nairobi on 12 March. 

But has she really said she will never join Azimio? We checked.


Karua joins Azimio

Karua quoted the tweet on her verified Twitter account, labelling it “FAKE”.



And on 23 March, she joined the Azimio la Umoja coalition, backed Odinga for the presidency, and said her Narc Kenya party would not field a presidential candidate in the elections.

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.