A graphic with the logo and address of the Nation website – www.nation.africa – that attributes a sensational quote to Kenyan member of parliament Oscar Sudi started circulating on Facebook on 21 March 2021.
“Muthama asidhani yeye pekee ndio amechoka,” it reads, in Kiswahili. “Sisi kama jamii ya Kalenjin pia tumechoka. Anakula pesa ya Ruto halafu anaenda kwa bibi yake anajifanya ako na sisi. Hatutadanganywa na watu kama Muthama, Khalwale,Nyoro na Aisha,ambao wanakula pesa ya Ruto mchana, usiku wanalala na adui zetu.”
This roughly translates as: “Muthama should not think he is the only one who is tired. As the Kalenjin community, we are also tired. He is using deputy president William Ruto’s money and is secretly supporting his wife for the senatorial seat but pretending to be with us. We will not be fooled by people like Muthama, [Boni] Khalwale, [Ndindi] Nyoro and [Aisha] Jumwa who eat Ruto’s money during the day and sleep with our enemies at night.”
Agnes Kavindu Muthama, Johnstone Muthama’s wife and a member of the Wiper party, was recently declared the winner of a senate by-election in Machakos county.
‘Do not fall for fake news’
On 21 March, Nation posted the graphic on its verified Facebook page, stamped “FAKE”.
“FAKE NEWS ALERT!” it wrote. “Please be advised that the quote doing rounds on social media is a fake. Do not fall for fake news.”
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