FAKE: This Digital Card Purporting to Quote Sports CS Ababu Namwamba Is Fabricated

By Simon Muli

The content store has the branding of KBC, but the Kenyan broadcaster has disowned it.

This digital card shared on Facebook purporting to quote Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba is FAKE.

The digital card contains the branding of Kenya’s national broadcaster, KBC, and an image of Namwamba.

“My ministry will only work with Sports federations and not County Association. County Associations are not recognized in the Kenya Kwanza Government. For the U-19 grassroot football tournament, my office will work with Football Kenya Federation (FKF),” the minister’s purported quote reads.

The digital card does not indicate when or where Namwamba made the statement. An internet search with part of the quote returns news reports about Namwamba asking sports federations to adhere to the Sports Act 2013; here. At one point, 10 county associations reportedly faulted the CS for reinstating the Football Kenya Federation National Executive Committee. However, there is no information about Namwamba stating that County Associations are not recognised by the Kenya Kwanza government.

In his speech during the Jamhuri Day celebrations on 12 December 2022, President William Ruto reiterated his administration’s commitment to promoting football from the county level contrary to what the digital card suggests. “I will Champion a Grassroots football development programme that will see national government work with county governments to invest heavily in youth football. Arrangements are at an advanced stage to launch a bottom-up football tournament to be contested by under 19 teams from all 47 counties.”

There is no information about the digital card on the verified KBC Facebook page and Twitter account, where the broadcaster routinely shares all its bona fide news content.

KBC disowned the digital card in a 14 December 2022 Facebook post.

PesaCheck has examined the digital card containing a quote attributed to Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba 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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