IN SHORT: What appears to be a letter from the ODM party withdrawing from Kenya’s Azimio la Umoja opposition coalition, led by Raila Odinga, has caused tension online. But the document is fake.
Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has decided to withdraw from the country's main opposition coalition. That’s according to a letter circulating on social media, seemingly from the ODM to Kenya's registrar of political parties.
The claim began circulating after some coalition partners, including NARC Kenya leader Martha Karua and Jubilee Party leader Jeremiah Kioni, expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the bipartisan talks released by the National Dialogue Committee.
No credible news outlet in Kenya reported the ODM's withdrawal from the Azimio coalition, which is surprising as it would have been a significant political move and news.
The ODM has 86 members of parliament following the elections and is the largest party in the Azimio coalition.
On 14 December, ODM communications director Philip Etale posted the letter – stamped “FAKE” – on his Facebook account.
The ODM party also posted the letter on its X account, also stamped “FAKE”.
“Only FAKE minds, FAKE things,” the party wrote.
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