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Ruto calls out Moi-owned Newspaper after controversial story

Ruto tweets calling out Moi-owned media house

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Deputy President William Ruto called out The Standard newspaper over a publication he termed as fake news.

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The paper had published an article claiming that the DP had been snubbed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The DP did not take kindly to the article which he termed as fake news and further called out the owners of the Mombasa Road-based media house.

"FAKE NEWS ALERT!!! I was nowhere near JKIA. I am NOT surprised that some media houses & their owners are this desperate. Tuwasamehe tu!!," he posted.

Alleged JKIA confusion

In the article, Standard journalist, Cyrus Ombati, claimed that sources at State House revealed the Uhuru had avoided DP after he landed from a trip in Zambia.

According to the publication, Dr Ruto was accompanied by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu and they were waiting for the President at the pavilion but Uhuru ditched protocol and went to the international passenger terminals.

"The president, who arrived at JKIA at 4pm on Saturday, discarded protocol and went straight to the international passenger terminals catching his deputy unawares. Ruto was accompanied by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu," the article stated.

Uhuru avoiding Waititu

"Dr Ruto, who was waiting at the pavilion, immediately left for the city centre, after he was informed that the president had already disembarked from the plane and was inside the airport in a series of events that officials tried to dismiss as a ‘small deviation from the usual protocol," it further read.

The article also alleged that Uhuru was not pleased by remarks made by a section of leaders in Uasin Gishu allied to his deputy.

The paper further claimed that President Kenyatta did not want to be seen with Governor Waititu who was being hunted by the police.

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