No, Kenyan MP didn’t threaten to quit opposition for deputy president Ruto

Is parliamentarian Gladys Wanga quitting Kenya’s official opposition to support deputy president William Ruto? A screenshot of what appears to be a tweet by Wanga, circulating on Facebook since 13 June 2020, claims just that. 

It reads: “If some powerful cartels in ODM won’t stop harassing me, I will declare my full & unconditional support for DP. WILLIAM RUTO @WilliamsRuto & ditch the dictatorial party. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I’M TIRED!!!”

Wanga is a member of the Orange Democratic Movement, or ODM. Ruto and president Uhuru Kenyatta are members of the Jubilee Party

Has Wanga really threatened to “ditch” the ODM and move to Ruto’s camp? We checked.

Wanga sets record straight

On the same day the screenshot appeared, Wanga posted it on Twitter with “FAKE NEWS FAKE ACCOUNT” stamped on it.

“Ignore the fake news and tweets from the usual suspects,” she tweeted. – Grace Gichuhi


 

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