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Notice targeting Kenyan MP Wamalwa fake, says Ford-Kenya party 

What seems to be a public notice posted on the “Bungoma Connected” Facebook group page claims a Kenyan MP has been pretending to be the secretary general of a smaller political party so he can conduct business on its behalf.

It’s headed Ford-Kenya – the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy – and shows a photo of a man identified as Chris Wamalwa.

“We want to inform the general public that the person in the above photo has never been the Secretary-General of Ford-Kenya,” the notice reads.

“He is therefore not allowed to transact any business on behalf of Ford-Kenya in that capacity. We shall not be held liable for his actions.”

Wamalwa is the member of parliament for Kiminini constituency. The “Bungoma Connected” Facebook group has more than 46,000 members.

Ford-Kenya has had internal disagreements in 2020, with opposing groups disputing its leadership. 

Africa Check previously debunked a fake gazette notice that claimed Ford-Kenya was replacing secretary general Eseli Simiyu with Wamalwa.

Is this new notice more accurate? We checked.



‘Fake’ notice


Africa Check spoke to Ford-Kenya deputy executive director, Reuben Ameli Chilaka. He said: “The public notice is fake, though it is true Chris Wamalwa has never been the secretary general for Ford-Kenya.”

Simiyu, also a member of parliament, confirmed to Africa Check that he, not Wamalwa, is the secretary general of the party. – Grace Gichuhi




 

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