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.
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 EACC is Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The NHIF is the National Hospital Insurance Fund, a statutory health insurer.
Kisumu is a Lake Victoria port city in Kisumu county, which borders Siaya county to the southeast.
But did Jalang’o really admit to being detained by the EACC? And did Kenyans.co.ke and TV47 publish graphics quoting his admission? We checked.
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.
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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