Then a Facebook user shared a photo of Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto being attended to by a medic with the claim it showed him “in Nairobi Hospital where he was diagnosed with cancer”.
The user commented: “Breaking news: Ruto in Nairobi Hospital amepatikana na cancer.” That’s Kiswahili for: “Ruto in Nairobi Hospital has just been diagnosed with cancer.”
Another post with the same image claimed Ruto had suffered a stroke.
‘Bout of flu’ during 2016 hospital opening
Ruto said he was being treated for “a bout of flu”.
“Opened Lunga Lunga sub-county hospital and became a beneficiary of treatment after a bout of flu. I am grateful to Rhoda Pola who attended to me in Lunga Lunga Constituency, Kwale County,” he wrote on Facebook.
At the time, a few blogs used the photo to claim Ruto was suffering from “haemorrhage”. But these were also false. – Dancan Bwire
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