The Kenyan media outlet disowned the screenshot as fake.
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This screenshot of a purported NTV Kenya post quoting Kericho Deputy Governor Fredrick Kirui telling Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to keep off the Londiani Junction accident investigation is FAKE.
“DP Gachagua must keep off the Londiani investigation process, his sudden intervention is not a coincidence with Governor Mutai’s silence,” the quote states.
The quote is accompanied by an image of the deputy governor.
We performed a keyword search both on the station’s Facebook page and X account (formerly Twitter) to confirm if the screenshot was published by NTV Kenya. Our search did not yield any positive results.
We reached out to Maureen Kimotho, the multimedia producer at NTV Kenya, who denounced the screenshot.
“This is definitely a fake post,” Kimotho told PesaCheck in a message.
The driver of a truck headed to Uganda lost control of the vehicle at the Londiani Junction in Kericho County along the Nakuru-Kericho Highway on 30 June 2023 and ran over pedestrians, roadside traders, and vehicles. A total of 52 people died.
On 4 July 2023, Deputy President Gachagua presided over a fundraiser to support the crash victims. The Kericho County Government was involved in the function that raised KSh13.6 million.
However, on 30 July 2023, the deputy governor claimed that KSh8 million could not be accounted for. An ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the alleged loss recommended the sacking of six senior county officials for misappropriation of the funds meant for the crash victims.
PesaCheck has looked into a screenshot of a post purportedly by NTV Kenya bearing a quote from Kericho Deputy Governor Fredrick Kirui telling Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua to keep off the Londiani accident investigation and found it to be FAKE.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.