•The fact checker reached out to the Tuko news site to confirm whether they had authored that and the media house denied such.
•The company told the fact checker the design of the post does not mirror their common practice adding that the content is equally not from them.
A TUKO digital card attributed to Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni on bulbs used to help in the alleged rigging of August 9, polls have been fabricated.
The card bearing the brand symbols of the Tuko news site claimed the Jubilee SG, who unsuccessfully defended his MP seat on August 9, had claimed there was a high-level rigging.
“I have to admit that William Ruto’s vote-rigging scheme is probably from the 22nd century. In my own constituency Ndaragwa, My UDA competitor had imported special bulbs from Bangkok. The bulb knobs and lamps spread darkness instead of light. At midday, all polling stations in Ndaragwa were totally dark. I did not win any single polling station. We confiscated some of the bulbs for evidence in court only to realize that they melt into water within seven hours of their first use,” the fake quote stated.
The fact checker reached out to the Tuko news site to confirm whether they had authored that and the media house denied such.
The company told the fact checker the design of the post does not mirror their common practice adding that the content is equally not from them.
“Yes, it's fake. We Don't inscribe quotes on photo posts,” Michael Ollinga, the site’s Head of current affairs department, told fact checker.
Also, scan through various media houses in the country did not have any reporting on the Jubilee SG saying such a thing.
This fact check was produced by The Star Newspaper with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact-Checking Alliance Network, and the United Nations Development Program.