Did KTN Publish This Post on Juliana Cherera’s Frozen Bank Account?

A tweet by a Twitter account with named UDA Youth Chairman has what appears to be a screenshot of a post from KTN News. The image contains a message which claims that the Assistant Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Juliana Cherera’s account was “frozen after Sh300 million was wired to her account by Mombasa County Government”.

Background

The 2022 general election was marked by controversy which escalated into four IEBC  commissioners dissenting and disowning the announcement of the Presidential results by IEBC Chair, Mr. Wafula Chebukati.

The commissioners, among them IEBC assistant Chairperson, Ms. Juliana Cherera, made claims of “opaqueness” in the tallying process, accusing Mr. Chebukati of locking them out in the process.

Piga Firimbi has previously looked into claims surrounding IEBC assistant Chairperson Ms. Cherera including this claim of her alleged Twitter Account.

Verification

A dedicated search on Google reveals that no such news was reported by top reputable media houses in Kenya. Given the weight of such a matter, it would have been captured by the media.

A reverse search of the image reveals that it was shared a number of times in different blog posts and tweets. As seen on the image, it was published in June but resurfaced online after controversy surrounding the electoral commission. 

This claim first surfaced online in June and was debunked here by AfricaCheck. 

Verdict

The claim that Juliana Cherera’s account was frozen after receiving 300 million is FALSE and KTN News DID NOT publish such news.

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

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Calvin Rock

Calvin is a budding writer and journalist passionate about social and environmental justice. He is enthusiastic about open source investigation and developmental reporting. He currently works at Africa Uncensored as a reporter and fact-checker.