Candidates Odinga and Ruto both used disinformation strategies in the run up to the August 2022 general elections in Kenya. This policy brief argues that this contributed to reducing voter confidence. To curb this trend, a well-coordinated cross-sectoral approach to tackling disinformation and misinformation should be adopted.
Disinformation is increasingly informing political discourse. Large-scale campaigns are exercising political influence in countries such as Uganda, Sudan and Mali. Russia’s interference is viewed as particularly problematic. In the fourth policy workshop of Megatrends Afrika, we discussed just what kind of influence disinformation has and how the phenomenon can be countered.