On Thursday,September 17,the internet went awash with rumors that former Kenyan TV presenter Esther Arunga would be coming back home,having completed her 10-month parole in Australia.
Arunga was sent on parole in July 2019 after she admitted to misleading the police in order to help her husband,Quincy Timberlake,escape punishment over her son’s death.
Through a parody account on Twitter,the impersonator led a section of Kenyans to believe that Arunga would be flying back to Kenya after living in Australia for the last eight years.
The statement has since been retweeted 292 times,garnered 1,300 likes as well as comments from numerous Kenyans,welcoming Arunga back.
The post was also shared on several Facebook accounts.
Mtaani Radio fact check desk has however established that the account is parody and the impersonator only joined Twitter in January 2020,hence,it is not true that the former Kenyan TV presenter will be coming back home any time soon.
This story was produced by Fridah Okachi at Mtaani newsroom in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie’.’