Deputy President William Ruto was on Sunday caught on camera spreading fake news just a few hours after condemning the same severally this week.
In a thin-veiled attack, Ruto who was in Meru told his supporters that Raila Odinga will contest for the presidency in 2022 and that he is ready to face off with the former Prime minister.
“Nimeskia yule mtu wa kitendawili ametangaza ya kwamba anataka kushindana na mimi 2022…Haya mambo nimeyaskia kama alikuwa anataka inifikia. (I have heard that riddles-guy wants to vie against me in 2022. I want to inform him that I have received the message if at all he intended it to reach me)” Ruto said.
Netizens were quick to point out that Ruto was either behind the news or was spreading fake news for political mileage as ODM had earlier on dismissed the reports of Odinga contesting in 2022 polls.
One user identified as George Nyasinga wrote “…Raila has not uttered a word about the 2022 elections. Aache Upuzi.”
Many accused the DP of being behind the very fake news that he regularly condemns including today when he took issues with the headline of an article published in the Standard.
Kenyans keep DP Ruto in check
Others alleged that he is so obsessed with 2022 to a level of campaigning every day of the week despite the fact that polls are three years away and Kenya has a sitting president who has on numerous occasions warned politicians against early campaigns.
Ken Kennie wrote: Was rallies everyday Monday to Monday part of big 4 and jubilee manifesto? It's now two years , which have you accomplished?
“If your many development tours would yield as much, Kenya would be a paradise. But the only problem is that they are political stunts meant to hoodwink the gullible masses!” Quipped Patrick Kabugi.
Others faulted the DP for his choice of words, labelling Raila as “yule mtu wa kitendawili” at a time when all leaders are focusing on uniting Kenyans.
“Choice of words from Ruto is out this world” observed Davie Mwangi.
Richard Barake wrote: “A leader of your status isn't expected to have such language. You are not fit to hold the office you hold. A big led down to the well-meaning president.”