A screenshot shared on Facebook claims Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga asked voters in Matungu constituency in Kakamega county, western Kenya, “to vote for David Were in the upcoming by-election”.
The tweet appears to quote Odinga as saying: “I urge residents of Matungu to vote for David Were in the upcoming by-election scheduled for March 4 2021. We want to ensure ODM fields LUOs to fill vacant electoral positions to enable us have greater bargaining power in the National Government come 2022. Luos must be represented across the country.”
But did NTV Kenya send this tweet, and has Odinga advised Matungu voters on how to vote?
No evidence of Odinga support, tweet photoshopped
The tweet could not be found in an advanced search of the NTV Kenya Twitter account.
But the party clarified that Were was the only person to hand in his application form to stand in the by-election by the deadline on 24 December.
Odinga has always styled himself as a national leader and has previously said the ODM was “not a Luo party”.
There is no evidence that Odinga said the words, and no evidence that NTV Kenya posted the tweet. The screenshot appears to have been digitally manipulated.
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