As a general election in Kenya nears, TikTok is becoming a go-to source of information on politics. New research shows that a lack of effective content moderation by the platform is allowing millions of users in the region to...
An image of what appears to be the cover of the US news weekly Time has been shared online in Kenya, with the headline “The Man Who Will Never Be President”.  The cover shows a photo of Kenya politician Raila...
The image dates back to 2018 and shows a fake lawyer arrested in Nigeria A Facebook post with an image purportedly showing a Nigerian, who joined President-elect William Ruto’s legal team is FALSE. The post reads: “Just in. Nigerian Igbo man...
“UDA TWITTER PAYROLL,” reads the subject line on what looks like an internal memo from Kenya’s United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, circulating on Facebook. The document, addressed to the finance director, is dated 24 August 2022. It says: “Kindly approve...
The Star, through its verified Twitter and Facebook platforms, flagged the newspaper cover as fake. This Star newspaper cover with the lead story claiming that Supreme Court Judge Isaac Lenaola received $1.7 million from Uasin Gishu Woman Representative-elect Gladys Shollei...
Wednesday, June 1 marked Uhuru Kenyatta’s last Madaraka Day as president. He used this day to outline his administration’s achievements. Amongst them was increasing forest cover from 6.99% in 2013. “With your mandate, we have planted 1.34 billion trees, moving...
In the Nairobi Gubernatorial Debate held on July 12, 2022, Senator Johnson Sakaja claimed to be the senator with the most number of bills and motions in the Senate. Piga Firimbi looked into this claim. “I have brought more bills,...
Ahead of the Kenyan general election on 9 August 2022, a screenshot of what looked like a Facebook post by Kenyan television station NTV Kenya was posted online.  The post claimed politician Nelson Koech, who represented Belgut constituency in the...
A TikTok video posted on Facebook in August 2022 claims that Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has called out leaders who want to get into power by any means possible, including unconstitutionally. In the video, Uhuru says mainly in Kiswahili: “Umesema...
A graphic circulating on Facebook in late August 2022 attributes a controversial quote to Wafula Chebukati, the chair of Kenya’s electoral commission. “When others were doing their campaigns across the country, others were making love with my commissioners. It was...
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