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Plot to dissolve Kenya’s parliament? No, newspaper front page fake

A Facebook user has posted what he claims is the front page of Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper for 9 June 2020.

The headline reads: “Maraga meets with Ruto.” The kicker adds: “Chief Justice met with Ruto to plot on dissolving parliament. Botching parliament will slow Uhuru's momentum.”

William Ruto is Kenya’s deputy president and David Maraga its chief justice.

The post comes a day after Maraga accused president Uhuru Kenyatta of delaying the appointment of 41 new judges proposed by the Judicial Service Commission.

Fake newspaper front pages have been circulating on Facebook in Kenya recently. Is this one of them?



‘Do not fall for fake headlines’


The real front page of the 9 June edition of the Daily Nation has the same photo, but a different headline. It reads: “On whose side are you? CJ Maraga asks Uhuru.”

The kicker is: “Chief Justice accuses President Kenyatta of disobeying court orders and going against the Constitution by failing to appoint 41 judges.”

On the same day, Daily Nation posted the fake and real versions alongside each other on Facebook and Twitter.

“Here is today's Daily Nation front page. Do not fall for fake headlines,” the paper said. – Dancan Bwire

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