The Orange Democratic Movement party director of communications has disowned the post.
Syndicated Story By PesaCheck.
A screengrab of a Facebook post purportedly sent out by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) director of communications, Philip Etale, is FAKE.
In the post, Etale castigates Anne Waiguru, the Governor of Kirinyaga County, for decamping from the ruling Jubilee Party to United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
The post is accompanied by an image of Waiguru with Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, when the latter received her at his Karen residence in Nairobi on 26 October 2021.
“After we sacrificed to sanitize and save you from being impeached you now join UDA?” reads the post in part.
On 26 June 2020, Waiguru survived impeachment after the Senate committee delinked her from procurement irregularities in the county.
While senators allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Jubilee leader, and Raila Odinga, his ODM counterpart, supported the senate committee’s conclusion, those associated with DP Ruto disagreed. It is this incident that the post refers to in the above quote.
However, a review of Etale’s Facebook account reveals no such information was shared on his timeline.
On 26 October 2021, Etale posted the said screenshot with a “Fake” stamp alongside a message disowning it.
“Even in a dreamland, I can NOT post such nonsense,” reads his post in part.
PesaCheck has looked into the screengrab of a Facebook post purportedly by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) director of communications, Philip Etale, and finds it to be FAKE.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
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The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.
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