Are Claims That Wangui Ngirici Dropped Her Ambitions to Vie for the Kirinyaga Gubernatorial Seat Legitimate?

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This digital card purporting to have come from the Kenyans.co.ke news outlet claims that Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici would allegedly stop contesting for office of the Kirinyaga County governor.

This, according to the digital card that supposedly quotes Ms Ngirici apparently came about after consultations with her constituents, the outcome of which allegedly led her to vie for the parliamentary seat for Mwea Constituency instead. “After consulting with my constituents, I have decided to drop my ambition for Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat. I will be running for the Mwea parliamentary seat in Kirinyaga County via UDA party”, the quote reads.

screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/groups/mweapeople/posts/4615662535185184/

Background

According to this Citizen TV report, about 10 people have declared interest in the Kirinyaga County gubernatorial seat ahead of the 2022 elections. Wangui Ngirici and the incumbent Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru are among the ten, both contending from the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

Piga Firimbi has previously debunked similar claims associated with the 2022 general elections. Such include claims that Governor Anne Waiguru would allegedly be joining Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as his Deputy President, debunked here. Another fact-check debunked claims that Former Machakos County First Lady Lillian Ng’ang’a declared interest in the Nairobi Woman Representative seat among other fact-checks as published here.

Verification

In a Facebook post published on November 25, Ms Ngirici dismissed claims that she is dropping her bid for governorship as fake news.

screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/WanguiNgirici/posts/3033350840210468

Kenyans.co.ke also published a statement indicating that the digital card circulating did not come from them.

“This post did not emanate from our media house. It does not conform to the in-house branding rules and did not go through the multiple approval checks set in place to prevent misreporting. We, therefore, flag it as FAKE,” the statement read in part.

Verdict

The digital card claiming to quote Wangui Ngirici’s statement on her decision to stop vying for the Kirinyaga gubernatorial seat is FAKE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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