IN SHORT: Hardly a day goes by where we don’t come across Facebook pages out of Kenya, falsely claiming to belong to public figures. This page, with the name and photos of opposition politician Kalonzo Musoka, is also not to be trusted.
The page uses the name and photos of the politician.
Its posts cover a range of contentious issues in Kenya. One, dated 19 March 2023, reads: “Lunch tutakula state house kesho.”
This mix of English and Kiswahili translates as: “We will have our lunch at state house tomorrow.”
The post seems to be in reference to Azimio La Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga’s declaration on the same date. He said he would lead his supporters in a march to the State House on 20 March to reclaim what he said was his stolen election victory. Musyoka’s party is in the coalition. State House is the seat of the Kenyan presidency.
Odinga lost the 9 August 2022 election to incumbent president William Ruto. He rejected the results and has said Ruto's government is illegitimate.
Another post on the Musyoka page, from 22 March, makes fun of a suggestion by Kenyan agriculture cabinet secretary Mithika Linturi that Kenyans should eat rice, potatoes and other foods since there is a shortage of maize. Maize flour is used to make ugali, a staple food for many Kenyans.
Signs of fake Facebook page
The Facebook “page transparency” section of this page shows it was created on 30 March 2021 but under the name “Motari KE”. On 2 June 2022, the name changed to “Hon.kalonzo Musyoka”. This is the first suspicious sign.
We also noted the writing style is largely casual, often featuring a mix of Kiswahili and English and even emoji. This would be unusual for an established politician like Musyoka. Senior politicians in Kenya usually use either well-written English or Kiswahili in their social media posts, reserving casual language for political rallies.
The posts’ poor grammar is another sign the page could be fake.
It is unlikely that Musyoka would operate two Facebook accounts with different posts. This is an imposter page and posts on or by it should be ignored.
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