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No, Kenya’s president didn’t tell people wanting to impeach deputy to ‘back down’

A Facebook user has posted a screenshot of a tweet that seems to be from Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta.

In the tweet, the president apparently urges people who want to remove deputy president William Ruto to “back down”. 

It reads: “Absolutely no in wars between me and my DP @WilliamsRuto. I urge those calling on his removal to back down. Building new bridges is not about burning the older ones.” 

The screenshot is captioned: “Isn’t this the Kenya we want???”

The deputy president’s office has been linked to a fake military tender involving billions of shillings. Allies of the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, have threatened to impeach Ruto over the scandal. 

Tweet traced to parody account

Kenyatta no longer has personal social media accounts. His Facebook and Twitter pages were deactivated more than a year ago, on 22 March 2019. At the time, his chief of staff, Nzoika Waita, said this was because of unauthorised access.

Any Twitter communications from the president are made through the official State House Kenya account. The tweet shared on Facebook was not from the State House account.

A search for the tweet reveals that it came from a parody Twitter account, which has since been suspended for violating the “Twitter rules”.  – Dancan Bwire


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