Every year, Google looks back at the moments, people, and trends that capture Kenyans’ attention during the year.
On Thursday, December 8, Google released the top trending Google Searches in 2022 where Kenyans looked for information about the August 9, General Election, movies, education, health, sports, and local and global politics.
According to the 2022 Google search report, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Portal, which was used to display the presidential results in the 2022 General Election, topped the general trending Google searches.
“Google’s 2022 Year in Search lists the moments, people, topics, events, and places that captured Kenyans’ attention during the year,
“Especially off the back of an election, we saw people come to Google Search to find answers to their biggest questions,” said Sharon Machira, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager in Kenya.
Individually, Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was the most searched politician in Kenya in the year 2022.
The former Mathira MP rose to fame after he was named United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential running for the hotly contested polls.
Gachagua, who vied for a political seat for the first time in 2017, defeated seasoned politicians and scholars including former Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki to deputize William Ruto.
The UDA party settled on Gachagua after 17 hours of deliberations held at William Ruto’s official Karen residence in Nairobi on Saturday, May 14.
Azimio La Umoja Deputy Presidential candidates Martha Karua, Root’s Party presidential flag bearer Professor George Wajackoyah, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, and Wiper Party Leader Kalonzo Musyoka were also ranked among the top searches on Google.
Others in this group were Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu, IEBC vice chair Juliana Cherera, IEBC chair Wafula Chebukati, nominated MP Sabina Chege, and Ferdinand Omanyala.