‘Star’ headline didn’t mention Interpol. Front page doctored

By Victor Mboya

On 15 August 2022, William Ruto was declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election. 

In a tense auditorium in Nairobi, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, announced Ruto the winner with 7,176,141 votes to Raila Odinga’s 6,942,930 votes.

Odinga has rejected the results and says he shall pursue “ all legal and constitutional options available”.

A month before the 9 August 2022 election, an image of The Star newspaper’s front page circulated on social media, with the splash headline ‘Interpol :IEBC chair was bribed $3m’.

On 16 August 2020, a week after the election, The Star newspaper tweeted that the front page was doctored. The genuine front page headline for 7 July 2022 reads “Why IEBC chiefs are under siege.”

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