Fake News: Uhuru Kenyatta Did Not Say The Military Will Protect Kenyans If Police Fail

Written by on May 8, 2023

Reports that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the Kenya Defence Forces will defend Kenyans if the police fail to do so are false.

The fake report was first shared on Twitter by Peter Kariuki on April 26, 2023 moments after the former Head of State visited the Jubilee Party headquarters in Kileleshwa Nairobi after wrangles between EALA MP Kanini Kega and Jeremiah Kioni supporters which forced police officers to lob teargas to disperse the warring them.

“Military will protect Kenyans if police fail to do so – President Uhuru Kenyatta at the Jubilee Headquarters Kileleshwa,” the fake tweet read.

A spot check by Sky 106.1 FM found out that the retired President while addressing the media at the Jubilee Party headquarters stated that the police are an independent body that should focus on matters of building the nation rather than being used to settle political scores.

“We want to inform them (police officers) to go back to their stations and not to be used by people who want to cause chaos. We have a mechanism as a political party with which to solve our problems and we shall solve. We shall have our meetings as and when. The membership will decide the future of the party,” said Uhuru.

This fact-check was produced by Sky 106.1 FM with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, International Fact-Checking Network, and African Fact Checking Alliance network.

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