Another user also posted the same image. The headline reads: “Muthama, Kalonzo allies in night long meeting.”
Musyoka is also the leader of the Wiper Democratic Movement party.
Machakos county is southeast of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The summary below the headline reads: “In an unprecedented move coming days after his new party's fortunes appeared to alarmingly dwindle, ex-Machakos senator has now reached out to the Wiper party leader, determined to mend fences and rescue his political career whose future appears shaky in Tanga Tanga.”
The UDA candidate suffered a defeat to the Wiper party candidate in a Machakos senatorial by-election in March 2021. This was interpreted by a local newspaper as a sign that Muthama’s popularity could be waning in the county.
But did national newspaper the Standard report on a night meeting between the two political rivals or their allies? We checked.
Altered front page
The newspaper usually posts its front page on Facebook.
The front page posted on 17 April has the headline: “KCPE stars' dreams and career plans.”
Muthama also dismissed the altered version. He tweeted: “Deceptive people love fake news because it makes their dream look like reality.”
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