The quote reads, in a mixture of English and Kiswahili: “Billionaire Kikuyu’s like SK Macharia, Ephraim Maina and Mt Kenya billionaires are supporting Raila, wewe Kikuyu mdogo hawker unapayuka ati Raila will never be president na unaishi Githurai, uko na nini ya kuibiwa enye Uhuru na Raila wanaweza kuchukulia.”
This translates to: “Billionaire Kikuyus like SK Macharia and Ephraim Maina and Mt Kenya billionaires are supporting Raila, you small Kikuyu hawker shouting that Raila will never be president and you live in Githurai, what do you have that can be stolen, that Uhuru and Raila can take from you.”
But did Mohamed really say this? We checked.
Who’s who on ‘Mt Kenya’
The critical quote appears to be aimed at those opposed to former prime minister Raila Odinga’s presidential bid in the August 2022 general elections. He is supported by incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mohamed represents Suna East constituency in southwestern Kenya in the national assembly. He is a member of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) where he serves as the director of elections. Odinga is the leader of the ODM.
“Mt Kenya” is a political construct, referring to communities living in the Mount Kenya region, specifically the Kikuyu, Meru and Embu.
Legislator says quote ‘fake’ and ‘ignore’
However, we found a post in which the legislator dismissed the widely shared post, stamping it “FAKE.”
“Fake. UDA desperation. Ignore,” reads the tweet.
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