This time however, a congratulatory message by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni posted on State House Kenya’s Facebook page was on Sunday flagged down for allegedly containing false information.
The message came a day after Electoral Commission declared Museveni the winner of the presidential poll. The president reportedly garnered 5.85 million votes against his main opposition candidate Bobi Wine’s 3.48 million.
President Kenyatta, in his message, termed President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election as a testimony of the confidence the people of Uganda have in his leadership.
He further said he “looks forward to continue working with President Museveni in deepening the strong bilateral ties between Kenya and Uganda for the mutual benefit of the people of the two Republics.”
The message posted by State House read; “President Kenyatta said Uganda had achieved stability and registered consistent economic growth under President Museveni. And assured of Kenya’s commitment to continue partnering with Uganda in advancing regional and continental integration agenda.
Especially through the East African Community, the African Union and other multilateral platforms.”
Facebook however flagged the message saying “the same information was checked in another post by independent fact checkers” hence deeming it false. The admins of the page have since deleted the post, but of course, not before netizens took screenshots.
Where it all started
We recall that a few days to elections, Facebook took down a number of pro-Museveni facebook bloggers. Facebook apparently did this to prevent disinformation from the bloggers.
Apparently these bloggers were using fake accounts to try to sway the electoral vote in favour of President Museveni by falsifying information.
Currently, the Ugandan government has blocked Facebook and all social media sites and messaging platforms in the country.
However, many have resorted to the use of Virtual Private Networks to bypass the social media blockade.
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