“BREAKING NEWS. Raila is found dead at Karen estate . investigation is currently going on as we speak.!,” reads the post, which has attracted more than 1,300 comments.
As a prominent figure, Odinga’s death would be major news, both in the country and internationally. But no mainstream media has reported such news.
And no Kenyan authority has announced an “investigation”.
Such alarmist claims risk raising tensions at a crucial time for Kenya and should not be left unchallenged. Raila Odinga is not dead.
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