“It’s very saddening watching how Machakos By-Election results are unfolding. A Party Chairman who cannot deliver a senate seat in his home county is a joker & useless,” it reads. “I think it’s now clear why I was against Johnstone Muthama’s chairmanship. This needs an instant revisit before it’s too late.”
Johnson Nduya Muthama is the chairperson of United Democratic Alliance party, or UDA. The graphic was posted on 19 March 2021, after Muthama’s ex-wife Agnes Kavindu was declared the winner of the senatorial by-election in Machakos county, southeast of the capital Nairobi.
But did Murkomen really blame UDA party losses on their chair?
Murkomen’s post – by-election tweet
On his official Twitter account, Murkomen also congratulated the entire UDA team, including Muthama.
He tweeted: “In Machakos, Matungu, Kabuchai, Msambweni & Nakuru, UDA a new Party, has demonstrated its credentials as a national Party with no tribal/regional boundaries. Congratulations Sen. Muthama, MPs Munyaka, Kawaya, Mbai & team for the great work in Masaku. Let’s keep making our democracy stronger.”
Africa Check could not find any evidence that the senator had publicly blamed Muthama for the by-election loss.
And while the graphic is very similar to others posted on the Kenyan Insider Facebook page, we could find no quote from Murkomen posted on or around 19 March. The misleading graphic appears to have been digitally manipulated.
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