Did Musalia Mudavadi Campaign Against William Ruto as Claimed?

Attached to this tweet, is an article published on the kenyanmusic.co.ke website. The headline claims that  ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi campaigned against William Ruto’s UDA.

Background

As the country gears up for the elections slated for August 9, 2022, calls for a six-piece voting pattern have become common. The Service Party leader, Mwangi Kiunjuri, on May 24, 2022, dismissed these calls by Ruto’s allies. Laikipia Women Representative, Cate Waruguru also dismissed calls for a six piece voting pattern.

While addressing a crowd in Vihiga County, on June 8, 2022, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi urged people to vote for the ANC candidates fielded for various seats in his backyard. The clip circulated widely with those supporting other fractions of the political divide taking this as betrayal to Ruto by Mudavadi.

Verification

The article is drawn from a clip featuring Mudavadi addressing citizens in his local dialect.

Mudavadi begins by affirming that he is still together with Ruto and that they will form the next government together. He asked the people from Western Kenya to elect ANC candidates in the forthcoming elections just like the people from Sugoi, Ruto’s backyard will elect UDA candidates.

The article’s body does not quote Mudavadi cutting ties with Ruto. The author only quotes Mudavadi asking the Vihiga electorate to vote for ANC candidates.

“Si Sugoi mjumbe atakuwa wa UDA, si MCA atakuwa wa UDA, sasa mnaeza taka ati mimi nikuje hapa kwangu ati mjumbe ni wa chama kingine? Si lazima akuwe wa ANC?” Mudavadi said.

Mudavadi does not mention cutting ties with Ruto nor does he campaign against Ruto in the video, he is urging the people to elect ANC candidates since he considers Western to be his stronghold.

Verdict

Claims that Musalia Mudavadi was campaigning in against Ruto in Vihiga County are FALSE.

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Tracy Anne Bonareri

Tracy Bonareri is a journalist passionate about human interest and investigative pieces. A writer who hopes to change the world one word at a time.