Is This Digital Card Quoting Legislator Alfred Keter From Nation Media?

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By Simon Muli

A digital card shared on Facebook contains a quote attributed to Nandi Hills member of parliament, Alfred Keter, purportedly published by broadcaster NTV Kenya. The digital card is dated 4 August 2021, and contains the broadcaster’s SMS number, 20688.

In the quote, the MP castigates the political class for their insatiable greed and corruption while in office, only to turn around and promise economic growth should voters re-elect them.

“The problem with Kenya is not the economy but the unmatched greed from leaders who purport to be our saviours. For instance in Rift Valley, we grow a lot of maize, but cartels including those selling the bottom-up nonsense import maize and sell to NCPB. Why do we expect miracles from the same individual? End corruption and see the economy grow,” reads the quote.

The “bottom-up” economic narrative, which is rubbished in the quote, has been pushed by Deputy President William Ruto in his campaigns to succeed outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“BOTTOM UP is focused on DELIBERATELY creating Jobs, LIBERATING hustler enterprises from shylock-credit exploitation & unfair regulation and EMPOWERING our resource-poor farmers/herders to produce so as to FREE them from the slavery/indignity of relief food aid,” reads one of Ruto’s tweets.

Verification

However, there is no information about the digital card or its content on NTV’s social media pages, including Facebook and Twitter.

In a Facebook post on 5 August 2021, the broadcaster disowned the digital card terming it fake.

Verdict

PesaCheck has looked into the digital card shared on Facebook with a quote attributed to Nandi Hills member of parliament, Alfred Keter, purportedly published by local broadcaster, NTV, and finds it to be FAKE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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