Nominated Jubilee senator Isaac Mwaura is a crafty politician who will knit together a mishmash of unverified facts and push them shrewdly before the other side has time to realise what is going on. The most well-known example of this is his famous clip in which he is attacking the president, where he says Jomo Kenyatta ruled the country for 15 years, and Uhuru Kenyatta will rule for 10 years, which will mean that by the time Uhuru Kenyatta retires, the family will have ruled for 50 years. It wasn’t lost on observers that he had gotten his math wrong, and 15 added to 10 years wasn’t 50 years.
In an attempt to absolve himself from blame following the chaotic scenes in Githurai on Wednesday and in the process, pin incidents of violence on ODM, the nominated senator said that ODM was not only famous for waging violence across the country, but that it was something that they had done since 1992 when they held their first act of violence in Thika.
It is worth noting that not only wasn’t there notable political violence in Thika in 1992, but also that ODM party was only formed in the last fifteen years, in the run-up to the 2007 general elections.
Despite this glaring piece of misinformation, Edwin Sifuna, nonetheless, instead went on to castigate Mwaura for other incidents of misconduct, essentially, letting him off the hook.
In recent times, there have been concerted efforts to call out leaders who engage in misinformation, especially following the increased incidents of right-wing extremism abroad. Social media companies famously blocked former US President Trump’s online accounts for misinformation. Media houses have also taken to publicly disproving news that is misleading, or in doubt. Last year, in the aftermath of the New Zealand elections, a video of an interview by Tova O’Brien hosting election loser Jami-lee Ross was widely shared, in which Tova scolded Mr.Ross, and shut him down for trying to use her show to peddle falsehoods.