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No, Kenya’s third president, Mwai Kibaki, not dead

An article shared on Facebook claims that former Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki is dead.

The 9 March 2020 article says: “Kibaki has been declared dead by Doctors, in what seemed as Kidney complications.”

Kibaki served as Kenya’s third president from December 2002 to April 2013.

Since Kibaki’s retirement, he has been ill from time to time, which Kenyan media have reported on. But he has also repeatedly been victim to death hoaxes. Is this another hoax? We checked.

Clues to false information

If Kibaki had died, Kenya’s current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, would have issued a proclamation and announced a state funeral, as prescribed in the law governing retired presidents.

Mainstream media would also have widely covered Kibaki’s death, like the special broadcasts after the death of retired president Daniel arap Moi on 4 February 2020. But there have been no trustworthy reports of Kibaki’s death.

Fake Milele FM website

The website on which this article was published is notorious for spreading false information. 

The website pretends to be the website for the radio station Milele FM. But on 26 December 2019, the real Milele FM distanced itself from any connection with the website.

In January 2020 alone, Africa Check debunked two articles published on the website.

This story is equally untrue and Mwai Kibaki is not dead. – Grace Gichuhi


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