- Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata is hopeful of taking the reigns in the county upon the lapse of Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s two ten-year terms
- In one of his campaign posters, the senator with his governorship running mate Winnie Mwangi have used a photo taken from Raila Odinga’s rally in 2017
- The original photo has the ODM leader, to whom Kang’ata is a chief critic, addressing a huge crowd of his supporters at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, during the NASA campaigns
On the Thursday of May 12, 2022, Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata shared part of his election plan for his county in the build-up to the August 9 General Election.
Through a UDA party ticket, the lawmaker seeks to succeed Governor Mwangi Wa Iria as the second Murang’a governor; Wa Iria’s second and final term ends in August.
Kang’ata took to his verified Twitter page, where he shared the vision he has for Murang’a in the event he assumes the county’s top job.
Once elected, his areas of interest are agriculture, healthcare, education, jobs, infrastructure, and youth empowerment.
Accompanying the manifesto on the microblogging platform were posters of Kang’ata and Winnie Mwangi, his nominee for the deputy governor post.
Catching the attention of many was one of the photos on which the portraits of Kang’ata and his deputy nominee have been inscribed.
Seen in the background of the particular photo, which has since been deleted from Twitter by the senator, was a huge crowd that he seems to have implied was his.
Doctored photo, fact check
However, the TUKO.co.ke fact check desk established that the photo was a doctored one, presumably used with the intent of depicting how popular the Murang’a governorship aspirant is.
This publication understands that the photo was mined from the archives of the now-defunct National Super Alliance (NASA) campaigns during the 2017 vote.
The original photo shows NASA’s 2017 presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga addressing a huge gathering of his supporters at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park grounds.
In the doctored one, the image of Raila has been expunged and now what can be seen therein are those of Kang’ata and his running mate nominee.
Both a glassed podium and hoisted flag are seen from afar appear in both photos.
Kang’ata: Anyone but Raila
Kang’ata is a known chief critic of the ODM leader and has always dismissed his chances of becoming Kenya’s fifth president after Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to Kang’ata, Raila has no political capital to fuel his 2022 statehouse bid, given that he has previously lost elections in the four instances he has run for the country’s high coveted office.
The lawmaker vouches for Deputy President William Ruto, who will be making his first stab at the presidency come August 9.
The first timer in the Upper House decamped to the UDA party in 2021 after cutting ties with Uhuru, who steers the Jubilee Party.
Kang’ata succeeded Kembi Gitura as the Murang’a senator in the 2017 general election.