Steve Mbogo helicopter NTV shamed after reporting fake news on NASA politician

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The media house has found itself in trouble after the report.

A file photo of NTV reporter Larry Madowo play A file photo of NTV reporter Larry Madowo (Twitter)

Kenya’s television channel, NTV, was on Tuesday shamed by a section of social media users after reporting a fake news story regarding NASA politician Steve Mbogo.

NTV had reported on a letter, widely circulated on social media, that reported on purported complains by Karen residents over helicopter noises caused by Mbogo’s alleged helicopter.

The letter was supposedly authored by Karen Residents Association, and signed by its offcials.

Fake Letter

However, a spot check by Pulselive.co.ke established that the letter was a fake.

play The letter supposedly authored by Karen Residents Association. (Courtesy)

 

The body that represents Karen residents is known as the Karen Lang’ata District Association (KLDA), and not Kenya Residents Association.

The addresses on the famous letter also had a non-existent telephone number as well as an erroneous location.

Among those who shared the letter included Mbogo, who went further to stated, “I have more problems seeing 1000's of our youth jobless, struggling and suffering. Those are the 'noises' I need to address first”.

Controversial figure

The motive of the letter and its authors remain unclear.

The former Starehe parliamentary aspirant has in the past two years been at the center of controversy.

In June this year, the swiss embassy came out to deny a letter publicised by Mbogo, allegedly authored by its Ambassador, that showed the controversial politician as having Sh115 million in foreign accounts.

play The alleged letter by the Swiss Embassy. (Courtesy)

 

In 2015, Faulu Bank and Fly540 threatened to take action against the self-declared billionaire told a local media house that he was a member of the respective boards of directors.

In the same year, The Star reported Mbogo’s landlord complaining after the flamboyant showman claimed to own his Karen residence.

Steve Mbogo doesn’t own that house, nor has he bought it, he is a tenant. The sad thing about all this is that the person entrusted with the property is at pains to explain to the family how he can sell the property without their permission. Yet that is not the case. He is a tenant who pays Sh450,000 a month,” the landlord stated.

Media Gag

Earlier in the year, the Starehe politician lost a legal battle where he had sought to gag the media from publishing stories that linked him to rape of a 15 year-old girl.

Here are some of the reactions to the NTV story:

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