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No, parliamentary candidate from Kenya’s Siaya county didn’t admit he was held by anti-corruption agency – graphic fake

George Jalang’o, a controversial candidate in the Gem constituency parliamentary seat race ahead of Kenya’s August 2022 elections, was detained by the country’s anti-corruption agency.

That’s according to graphics circulating on Facebook in May 2022. The constituency is one of six in the eastern Kenyan county of Siaya.

The graphics quote Jalang’o as saying: “I want to put things straight, yes it is true that today morning I woke up meeting the EACC detectives right on my doorstep, they detained me for about four hours in their office in Kisumu following the 90 million NHIF scandal that occurred while I was the manager of Quality Assurance at the body.”

The quote continues: “I am very sure that these all are political plan by th bigwig politician in Siaya County.”

There are several things to explain here.

The graphics show a photo of Jalang’o, and claim he was quoted on 25 May 2022. One version carries the logo of the news website, and another the logo of the local channel TV47

But did Jalang’o really admit to being detained by the EACC? And did and TV47 publish graphics quoting his admission? We checked.


‘Political propaganda’

In an election year, news of a politician being held by the anti-graft agency would hit the headlines in Kenya. But Africa Check was unable to find any credible news reports of Jalang’o being detained by the EACC.

The graphics don’t appear anywhere on the Facebook pages of or TV47.

On 25 May, the EACC posted the graphic on its verified Twitter account – stamped “FAKE”.

“FAKE NEWS: Our attention has been drawn to a poster circulating online, in which it is alleged that EACC Detectives in Kisumu arrested and detained one George Jalang’o. Such events did not occur. The allegations constitute political propaganda which should be ignored,” the tweet reads.

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