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Kalonzo received warm welcome in Nakuru, not a beating

By Lucy Mwangi and Jacob Nyongesa

1. A tweet claiming that a case file in the prosecution of former CS Henry Rotich went missing was inaccurate. The Star published an article titled, “Ex-CS Rotich Kimwarer case file goes missing”, on September 20. The next day, The Star clarified on Twitter that it should have been a court file containing documents challenging the prosecution of CMC Di Ravenna’s managing director implicated in the Arror and Kimwarer dams saga that had gone missing, changing the headline to, “File in Kimwarer, Arror dams case goes missing”.

2. On September 23, a poster circulated on social media claiming that former CS Henry Rotich will run for the Uasin Gishu gubernatorial seat next year under UDA. Rotich, who served as Finance CS from 2013 was replaced in July 2016 after being charged in connection with the Arror and Kimwarer dam tenders. A look at UDA’s and Rotich’s social media accounts reveals that none of them have shared the poster, and the former CS has not mentioned anything about running for governorship.

3. A tweet by Daily Post, a content aggregator, claiming that Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka was nearly beaten in Nakuru is misleading. Kalonzo who was in Nakuru to galvanize his support base ahead of the 2022 General Election was welcomed by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui. Given his prominence, if had been attacked reputable media outlets would have covered the story, which was not the case. Despite exaggerating the number of residents addressed by Kalonzo, footage shared on Mutembei TV’s YouTube channel on September 22 covered the entire event when he was addressing the residents, and there was no attempt by Nakuru residents to beat him up.

 

4. Photos of a bride fleeing that circulated on WhatsApp groups, with the claims that event happened in Kilifi, are fake. From the posts the wedding is said to have been called off after the bride stormed out of the church in Marafa, Kilifi county, upon discovering that her future husband is a taxi driver and not a Kenya Commercial Bank employee. A reverse image search on Google reveals that the photos of a bride fleeing her wedding were shared on an article by Yen on August 15, 2016. The bride from Eket, Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria, discovered her husband-to-be had lied to her about his true identity and decided to call off the wedding.

 

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