Soon after, a graphic with the NTV Kenya logo was reposted widely on social media, with a headline claiming that Polycarp Igathe, the former Nairobi county deputy governor, had been appointed to replace Bergeron at the oil company.
“Polycarp Igathe apponted Rubis Kenya CEO; replacing Jean Bergeron who was deported over economic sabotage in ongoing fuel crisis,” the graphic reads.
Many posting the graphic seemed to view the news with suspicion, claiming it was a plan by the government to make Kenyans suffer even more. Others observed that Igathe was a lucky man, easily landing top jobs.
But has he been appointed to head up Rubis Energy Kenya and is the graphic legit? We checked.
Inaccurate and ‘fake’
Africa Check asked the Rubis Energy Kenya corporate affairs department if the news was accurate.
“The referenced news content is false,” they told us in an email.
Television station NTV Kenya also posted on Facebook that the graphic with their branding was “fake”.
“Please be advised that the news circulating on social media alleging that Polycarp Igathe is the new Rubis CEO is Fake and didn't emanate from NTV Kenya,” they wrote.
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