Ruto had not announced his running mate by the time the poster was shared.
Syndicated Story by PesaCheck.
A campaign poster claiming that Deputy President William Ruto has chosen Martha Karua as his running mate in the 2022 presidential election is FALSE.
Karua is the National Rainbow Coalition Kenya (NARC-Kenya) party leader. The poster was shared on Facebook, and it contains images of the two politicians.
It also has the logo of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), a party linked to Ruto. The text of the poster reads “Ruto na Karua, pamoja tusonge mbele (Ruto and Karua, together we move forward)”.
The post accompanying the campaign poster reads “Husuler Nation decided Karua to be deputy president, what is your opinion will They make (sic)”.
Ruto has expressed interest to succeed Kenyatta through the UDA party in the upcoming 2022 presidential election.
However, by the time the campaign poster was shared, Ruto had not yet declared his running mate. There is no information about the same on his Facebook and Twitter pages where he routinely posts about his political activities.
Additionally, the media which is closely following the 2022 campaigns would have reported an announcement of this nature.
PesaCheck has looked into the campaign poster shared on Facebook claiming that Deputy President William Ruto has chosen National Rainbow Coalition Kenya (NARC-Kenya) party leader, Martha Karua, as his running mate, 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.
The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.
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