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No, Kenya’s Nation website didn’t quote politician Sudi as warning Kisumu mob of ‘consequences’

A graphic posted on Facebook claims Kenyan legislator Oscar Sudi has vowed to “deal with” rowdy youth who disrupted deputy president William Ruto’s Kisumu rally after Ruto “becomes president”.

It was posted on 10 November 2021, the day Ruto’s rally in Kondele, Kisumu county, was disrupted by a stone-throwing mob. The graphic uses the branding of Nation, a Kenyan news website.

It appears to warn the people who caused the chaos of consequences.

"Those people should know that after Ruto becomes President, we shall deal with them!” the quote reads.

Kenya’s next general election is set for August 2022.

One user captioned the graphic: “For how long will Kenyans live under threats.”

It has been posted on public Facebook group pages with a combined membership of more than 536,000.

But did Nation really quote Sudi as saying this? We checked.


No evidence

Sudi normally posts his opinions on his Facebook page. We searched the page, but could not find the statement.

In fact, in a video posted on the page, he praised Kisumu residents for welcoming him and other Ruto allies. 

No media house has published the statement in the graphic.

Nation has stamped the graphic fake and warned people not to fall for it.


Please be advised that this quote doing rounds on social media is fake. Do not fall for fake news. #FakeNewsAlert

— Nation Africa (@NationAfrica) November 10, 2021

“Please be advised that this quote doing rounds on social media is fake. Do not fall for fake news,” it tweeted.

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