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No, Kenya’s Jubilee Party secretary general Raphael Tuju not dead

A Facebook post claims that Raphael Tuju, a Kenyan politician who also serves as the ruling Jubilee Party’s secretary general, is dead.

It reads: “Rest in peace…raphell Tuju involved in a road accident...”

The post has sparked many reactions, from dismay to dismissal. But is it true? We checked.

Early morning accident

According to local daily newspapers, Tuju was in a road accident early in the morning on 12 February 2020. He was driving on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, on his way to the burial of former president Daniel arap Moi in Nakuru county, east of the capital Nairobi.

Tuju’s bodyguard and driver were with him, and also injured in the accident.

According to reports, Tuju was taken to the local AIC Kijabe Hospital and underwent emergency surgery to stop bleeding in his abdomen. 

The head of the hospital told reporters that “all patients taken to the hospital after the accident were in stable condition and there was no cause for alarm”.

Tuju was later airlifted to Karen hospital in Nairobi to get well under the care of his personal doctor. On 14 February national media reported that he was recuperating. – Grace Gichuhi


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