A digital card bearing KBC digital branding and quoting Archbishop Anthony Muheria seemingly criticizing President William Ruto is fake.
The card reads, “We want to appreciate the new administration for acknowledging the place of God and the church in its establishment. However, the government must also understand that there’s time for everything. This is time to work, not to dwell on political events disguised as thanksgiving services.”
We compared the digital cards with others recently published by KBC and the card in question is missing a hashtag, #TheGreatKBC, which appears on all the other digital cards produced by KBC.
Furthermore, the card omits Muheria’s position, yet other KBC digital cards include the position of the person quoted.
Next, we checked to see if the Archbishop had uttered the words produced in the digital card and we discovered that he had not been featured on KBC in the last week, but had been interviewed on Citizen TV on the night of 5 February 2023.
Although Muheria noted the importance of service delivery and the need to move on from political electioneering during the interview, he did not utter the words attributed to him in the digital card.
Here is a selection of his remarks:
On election politics:
On service delivery and political rhetoric:
On politics in houses of worship:
The Archbishop’s account tweeted that the graphic was fake, and included a clip from the Citizen TV interview, confirming he was not interviewed on KBC.
KBC also disowned the graphic, calling it fake.
Debunk looked into a digital card apparently authored by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in which the Catholic Archbishop of Nyeri, Anthony Muheria, criticized the government for holding thanksgiving services that doubled as political events.
We found that Archbishop Muheria had not been interviewed by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in the two weeks prior to the digital card being published but had been interviewed by Citizen TV. The digital card shared on had marked differences from the genuine cards shared by KBC. Finally, both the archbishop and the television station dismissed the digital card as fake.
This fact check was published by Debunk.media with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.