A screenshot of what seems to be a tweet by Kenyan politician Otiende Amollo, MP for the Rarieda constituency in Siaya county, was shared on Facebook on 19 June 2020.
It reads: “Whatever Tangatanga are using must be stopped. Less than 24hrs, #Jubilee_Asili was formed and it’s now more popular than @WiperMovement and @TheKanuParty_Ke combined.”
Jubilee Asili is a new political grouping formed by deputy president William Ruto and his allies – a movement known as “tangatanga”. The grouping opened offices in Nairobi on 18 June but is not a registered political party.
The tweet is saying that less than 24 hours after the Jubilee Asili offices were opened, the grouping had become more popular than two other political parties – the Wiper Democratic Movement and Kenya African National Union – combined.
Amollo, a member of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party led by Raila Odinga, has been deeply critical of Ruto.
So did he really tweet this?
Imposter account opened May 2020
The tweet itself is real, Africa Check found using an advanced Twitter search. But it was posted on an imposter account, not on Amollo’s official account. Almost everything on the fake resembles the official account, but there are important differences.
At face value the two Twitter handles @OAmollo and @OAmoIIo appear the same. But looking closely, the imposter account uses capital I twice in place of lowercase L. In san-serif typefaces, the uppercase “I” and lowercase “l” look the same.
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