The headline on what seems to be the 22 to 24 January 2021 edition of Kenya’s the Star newspaper, posted on Facebook, suggests that senator Samson Cherargei has accused fellow politician Moses Kuria of being a spy for president Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Cherargei: Kuria is Uhuru’s spy,” it reads. Text below adds: “Nandi Senator sensationally claims the Gatundu South legislator is a mole.”
The implication is Cherargei said Kuria, MP for Gatundu South and member of the ruling Jubilee Party, is pretending to be an ally of deputy president William Ruto while actually remaining close to Kenyatta. Ruto intends to run for the presidency in 2022, and Kuria recently defended Kenyatta from a personal attack by former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko.
Dismissed by newspaper
On 22 January the Star posted the page on Twitter, stamped “FAKE”.
It shared the real front page alongside it. Here the headline reads: “BBI: Uhuru’s plan to win over Mt Kenya”.
The summary below adds: “Top state officials to explain projects being implemented by the government.”
And instead of a photo of Kuria, the real front page shows three pictures of a “heroic” boy with “shrivelled limbs” who “dreams of being an eye doctor”.
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