Is This Ad on William Ruto Issuing Sh20,000 “To Appreciate All Citizens for Electing Him” Legitimate?

This link went up just days after Dr. William Ruto was declared Kenya’s president-elect. It claims to be offering Sh20,000 to Kenyans for electing him as president. It goes on to add that this grant is part of Ruto’s plan to enable Kenya to be self-reliant.

Background

 This alleged grant goes on to ask for the applicant’s personal details before the amount stated can supposedly be disbursed to their mobile phones. Piga Firimbi previously fact-checked a similar post claiming to be offering job opportunities at the Kenya Commercial Bank and another, offering Visas and work permits to Kenyans seeking employment opportunities in Canada. 

Verification

While this grant sounds legitimate, there are a few questionable aspects in its grammar and dates. It claims that this offer was set up on August 15, 2022. However, the said date was on August 12, 2022.

Furthermore, comparisons between these two websites on WhoIs show quite a number of discrepancies. United Democratic Alliance’s (UDA) official website is registered by Deep Africa, a web hosting company in Kenya. Additionally, there is no official communication on this party’s website about this grant. WhoIs further reveals that the link in question is registered under Namecheap, a domain registrar in Arizona, United States. Details of this website provide its domain name as; newfundings.online, compared to the website belonging to Dr. Ruto’s political party, UDA, whose domain name is uda.ke.

Verdict

President-elect Wiliam Ruto is NOT giving out a Sh20,000 grant. 

Additionally, Piga Firimbi reached out to Dr. William Ruto, however, at the time of publication of this fact-check there is yet to be a response concerning this grant. 

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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Nyakerario Omari

Nyakerario J. Omari is a Kenyan writer and journalist with a passion for in-depth stories told through documentaries. She has an interest in reporting matters concerning health, crime and human rights.