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No, CNN did not tweet about impeachment of Kenyan county governor 

“Major win in Kenya’s war against corruption as the country’s most corrupt individual is impeached,” reads what seems to be a screenshot of a tweet from CNN Breaking News, posted on Facebook.

“Former Governor Ann Waiguru was accused by MCAs of inflating tenders and stealing from county coffers,” it adds. It’s posted with the comment: “Waiguru hits international headlines.”

On 9 June 2020 Kirinyaga county ward representatives passed a resolution to impeach governor Anne Waiguru for “gross misconduct and abuse of office”.

Did CNN, a US-based TV network, tweet news of her impeachment?

No record of tweet

Both the Facebook post and a URL in the screenshot are dated 8 June – the day before Waiguru was impeached. This strongly suggests the tweet is fake.

And the tweet describes her as the “former governor”, while Kenyan law says a governor’s impeachment takes effect after the senate votes on it. The senate only received the articles of impeachment on 10 June, two days after the screenshot was posted. 

Africa Check searched Google for the exact words in the screenshot, but didn’t find any matching results.

An advanced search on Twitter also returned no results. And the text, or any report on the impeachment, could not be found on the CNN website.

We also searched the CNN Breaking News Twitter account for any mention of Waiguru from 7 to 9 June, with no results. The screenshot is fake. – Dancan Bwire


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