KENYA: No, Kenyan politician Igathe did not write to President Kenyatta to withdraw from the Nairobi governor’s race – graphic forgery

“POLYCARP IGATHE WRITES TO PRESIDENT UHURU TO ATTEND WITHDRAWAL FROM NAIROBI RACE; UNDER UNBEARABLE PRESSURE, CONTINUOUS CARTEL BLACKMAIL,” read a graphic circulating on Facebook in April 2022. It bears the logo of NTV Kenya, a Kenyan television station.

Igathe, a Kenyan businessman and politician, has previously held senior positions including at Vivo Energy Kenya and Equity Bank Kenya. He was also Deputy Governor of Nairobi County before resigning in 2018.

On April 22, Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga announced that Igathe would run for the governorship of Nairobi as part of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition card. Parliamentary elections will be held in Kenya on August 9th.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ruling Jubilee Party is one of the parties in the coalition.

Odinga leads the coalition and runs for the presidency. His main rival is current Vice President William Ruto, who heads the Kenya-Kwanza alliance.

The graphic was also posted here, here, here and here. But is it authentic? We have checked.

“Fake News Alert”

NTV Kenya usually posts its graphics on its social media pages which includes a verified Facebook page.

We looked for the graphic on the Facebook page and found it – stamped “Fake”.

“FAKE NEWS ALARM: The image circulating online of an alleged breaking news update about Polycarp Igathe, allegedly from NTV, is not ours. Consider it appropriate,” the TV network wrote.

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