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CORRECTED: Yes, Kenya’s prosecutions body dropped conspiracy to murder charge against governor Obado

IMPORTANT: We have on 17 May 2019 taken down this check originally published on 16 May 2019, which had focused on murder charges against Kenyan governor Okoth Obado.

In it, we wrote that some Facebook pages had falsely shared that all murder charges against Obado have been dropped.

As Kenya’s office of the Director of Public Prosecutions noted, it is not dismissing murder charges against the Migori county governor. What was dropped was the conspiracy to murder charge against the governor, but two murder charges remain.

We have further amended the headline to reflect this.

We also apologise to the site Kenyans.co.ke for stating that it may have been the source of the false claim. We deeply regret the errors.

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