Friday May 29, 2020 – Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of financing a team of I.T and digital media experts to execute coordinated attacks against Deputy President William Ruto and his allies with propaganda, lies and innuendos.
According to Kuria, the team operates from two locations in Nairobi and is reporting to high-ranking officials in the government.
Kuria spoke after a manipulated The Star front-page image was widely circulated with the headline ‘The Double Agent’, claiming Kuria was a mole for President Uhuru Kenyatta in the DP’s Tanga Tanga camp.
It was the second fake front-page to have been widely shared in as many days, with a fake Standard headline on Wednesday, May 27th claiming that Rachel Ruto had fled her Karen home where she lives with her husband, Deputy President William Ruto.
Kuria alleged that the team was led by prominent political blogger, Polycarp Hinga, who describes himself as an Information Activist for the Jubilee Party.
The lawmaker further claimed that the operation had two bases in Nairobi, one in the upmarket Runda Estate and another located along Lenana Road.
He alleged that members of the team received instructions from powerful Government officials who also ensure the covert program was financed, describing it as a Government project.
“The people know the truth.”
“They don’t need to be told.”
“There is a paid cabal.”
“They are paid by the government and they are operating from somewhere along Lenana Road, and others from Runda.”
“It is a government project.”
“They have their targets; when it’s not me it’s Kimani Ichung’wah or Ndindi Nyoro.”
“Those people are reporting to people we know, and they are financed by people we know.”
“They run under one guy called Polycarp Hinga, he is the author of all those things,” he claimed.
Kuria observed the dangers of misinformation, noting that it could erode public trust in the media as many people were falling for the fake front-pages shared in Whatsapp groups, Facebook and Twitter.
He noted that action should ideally be taken against purveyors of such false information.
The Kenyan DAILY POST