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FALSE: Raila Odinga has not quit ODM to join UDA Party

Raila Odinga’s Twitter bio still reads, “PL ODM” which in full stands for Party Leader ODM Party.

Syndicated Story By PesaCheck.

Facebook post claiming that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader Raila Odinga has quit the political outfit is FALSE.

The post claims the veteran politician has instead joined the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party, associated with Deputy President William Ruto.

The post reads, “BREAKING NEWS. BABA quits ODM and join UDA. If it’s not true, then something might happen soon. Where there is smoke there is (fire emoji)”. An image of Odinga is attached, donning a jacket with UDA’s initials on it.

However, no such announcement has been made by the UDAODM or by Odinga.

Additionally, no credible news media outlet has published a story regarding the same. Such a development would attract media attention.

On 30 September 2021, the ODM Party published a tweet referring to Raila Odinga as their “party leader”.

“PL @RailaOdinga this morning held a consultative meeting with members of the Mt. Kenya Parliamentary Group at Serena Hotel. The leaders discussed matters of mutual interest not limited to the 2022 politics,” the tweet reads.

Additionally, Odinga’s Twitter bio still reads “PL ODM” which in full stands for Party Leader ODM Party.

To further verify the authenticity of the claim that Odinga has left ODM to join the UDA Party, we contacted the director of communications at ODM, Philip Etale. The communication’s boss told PesaCheck that the claim was not accurate.

A search using the keywords “Raila Odinga” on Twitter yielded a similar photo of Odinga. The photo has also been reposted here and here, indicating that the picture was taken on 28 September 2021 at Safari Park Hotel when Odinga met the Mount Kenya business community. The initials ‘UDA’ on Odinga’s coat are not present in the original images.

PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post claiming that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party leader Raila Odinga has quit his party to join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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