On the night of 11 August 2022, Dennis Itumbi, a digital strategist working for the campaign of Kenyan deputy president William Ruto, claimed party officials had been “arrested” or “kidnapped”. 

“UDA Communications Director Wanjohi Githae and DP William Ruto Chief Of Staff Davis Chirchir ARRESTED / KIDNAPPED at BOMAS,” Itumbi posted on Facebook. 

Ruto is the leader of the United Democratic Alliance, or UDA. “BOMAS” refers to the Bomas of Kenya, a cultural venue. The Kenyan electoral commission used the venue’s auditorium to tally the votes in the 2022 Kenyan general election. 

The post was flagged by Facebook as potentially false.


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