By Naomi Wanjiku
This Facebook post claims that Kariri Njama, the Jubilee Party aspirant in the Kiambaa by-elections, is offering to campaign for Deputy President (DP) William Ruto in Mt Kenya.
“I will campaign for William Samoei Ruto in Mt Kenya even if it means using my personal resources. He must and he will be sworn in as 5th President,” the Facebook post reads.
DP Ruto is eying the presidency in 2022.
The account used to share the post is not the legitimate Facebook account of the politician. Njama has flagged the Facebook page as an imposter.
“My dear people, there’s this FAKE ACCOUNT THAT’S GIVING FALSE INFORMATION-KINDLY BE WARNED ITS AS FAKE AS IT APPEARS!! Please don’t be mislead by their desperate moves to bring confusions!! [sic]” Njama wrote on his official Facebook page.
Njama’s official Facebook page has 34,990 followers and 30,672 likes whereas the fake page has only 1,675 followers and 1,701 likes.
Njama’s official Facebook page was created on 10 June 2016, whereas the imposter Facebook page was created on 17 July 2021.
Njama emerged second in the hotly-contested Kiambaa Constituency by-elections. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared John Njuguna as the new Kiambaa Member of Parliament (MP)-elect on 16 July 2021. The Kiambaa by-elections were held on 15 July 2021, following the death of the area MP Paul Koinange who succumbed to COVID-19 related complications.
PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post claiming that the Jubilee Party aspirant in the Kiambaa by-elections, Kariri Njama, will campaign for Deputy President William Ruto in Mt Kenya, and finds it to be FALSE.
This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.