Presidential debate fact check: William Ruto's CRB claim is misleading

The 2022 Presidential Debate

What you need to know:

Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday went into the televised presidential debate with guns blazing against his main rival, Azimio flagbearer Raila Odinga, hogging 90 minutes of the limelight on all of Kenya’s broadcast stations.

Below is a quote he made during the debate: 

“We have 15 million Kenyans who today are blacklisted in the CRB .” - William Ruto

This claim has been fact-checked previously.

Currently, three are licensed to operate in Kenya. We spoke to the Managing Director of Metropol, Mr Sam Omukoko , who is also vying for the Kakamega gubernatorial seat under the Maendeleo Democratic Party. 

Omukoko previously told us that credit reference bureaus in Kenya have a total of 14 million accounts listed, not blacklisted. Not all the 14 million are defaulters. We reached out to the Central Bank of Kenya and we will add their response to the report.

“In the current system where all banks and credit facilities share information, we have information of loans given out. Yes there are 14 million accounts in CRB. However, there are about 3 million Kenyans registered as defaulters.”



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