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Fake News: Where’s Police Commissioner Iteere? And Chris Kirubi?

Kenya Forest Service dismissed as fake information circulating online claiming that they charge for corporate social responsibility activities. They say the images were obtained fraudulently to dupe the public. KFS further cautioned the public against people who promise forest ranger jobs in exchange of money.

Most of the country has experienced increased rains with some parts flooding, property destroyed and deaths reported. Blogger Lord Mutai took advantage of this and posted on his twitter account that a tropical storm was approaching the East Africa coast. He cautioned the public to stay indoors. The claim was, however, dismissed by Peter Ambenje, Deputy Director Kenya Meteorological Department, who said the info-graphic was fake news. There was no storm headed to Mombasa.

World News Daily posted on their website claims that a Chinese tourist was arrested in Kenya with 300 zebra penises at the airport. According to the website, the man was arrested by the Kenya Customs Service Department and that this was confirmed by Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere who promised more arrests in future. Truth is Kenya Customs Service Department does not exist. The Police Commissioner position does not exist either. We only know of the Inspector General of Police. Capital FM republished the fake news but later pulled it down from their website.

The headline used below does not relate with the claims highlighted in the article. The headline purports that Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is planning to have a new revolution that will oust President Uhuru Kenyatta from power. These allegations are far from truth because Raila never made such claims.

Quickmoneytech.com is at it again. They claim in one of their posts that First Lady Margaret Kenyatta violated traffic laws. The article alleges that Mrs Kenyatta was found driving on the wrong side of the road. A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo was taken in 2017.

One person who hardly escapes fake news is the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i. There has been an increase in pseudo accounts in his name on Facebook and twitter. One such account posted a press statement claiming that the CS had warned young people against tarnishing the names of ‘Waheshimiwa’. On the official Facebook account of Dr. Matiangi there is no such post shared.

Zipo.co.ke claimed that Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria paid Sh700,000 bond to free ‘Ikamba’ song artist. The infamous song became a hit after a disputed charcoal ban in Kitui County. The person implicated was arrested and arraigned in court. According to The Star newspaper the MP only paid Sh250,000 bond.

. Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi is a master of controversy. One of his many posts carried a letter purportedly from the International Criminal Court targeting opposition principals Raila  Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka  for incitement to violence after the disputed 8 August 2017 general  election. The letter further states that other persons targeted for investigation by the ICC are Edwin Sifuna, blogger Cyprian Nyakundi, MP Simba Arati among others. The letter is not dated and the ICC has not in fact issued such a letter.

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is reported to have condemned the Uhuru–Raila pact. It is evident that this story lacks basis. The link indicated could not open. Waiguru has not given any comments on the famous handshake of the two top politicians.

Reports emerged online that Kenyan business mogul Chris Kirubi was dead. On 21 March on his twitter page CK was busy engaging his fans using his hashtag #AskKirubi. Was he doing that from the other world?

 

Such creativity!

Has Senator Moses Wetangula jumped ship?

Raila Odinga allegedly congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta as the latter left for Rwanda last week. But congratulated him on what?

A message was posted on a false Moses Wetangula Facebook account attacking Raila Odinga. The post was, however, flagged as fake on the official Ford-Kenya twitter handle.

 

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