“I have been stopped from flying to Uganda because the system believes only the children of the rich and famous can fly to foreign countries to dine with presidents,” reads a quote on a graphic posted on Facebook.
The quote continues: “But we have God and will overcome. I am putting the tribalists and dynasties on notice that our patience has run out and we will not take any more humiliation. Let them face me openly instead of hiding behind their lowly serfs in the civil service.”
It is not yet clear why he was not allowed to travel but he has long been reported to be at loggerheads with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Did the Star quote Ruto as saying this? We checked.
Most quotes on graphics posted on social media by Kenya’s press – known as “social cards” – are taken from interviews. But we could not find any published interview with Ruto in which he says this.
Instead, after being prevented from travelling out of the country, Ruto tweeted: “Isorait....tumwachie MUNGU.” This is Kiswahili for: “It’s alright. Let's leave it to God.”
“Please note that this quote doing rounds on social media is fake,” the newspaper said. “All quotes by the Star are shared on our verified pages #FakeNewsAlert.”
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