• June 14, 2024

FALSE: Journalist Hussein Mohamed has not been appointed Kenyan Government spokesperson

Mohamed is the State House spokesperson.

A tweet claiming that former Citizen TV journalist Hussein Mohamed has been appointed Kenyan Government spokesperson is FALSE.

The tweet, published on 14 October 2022, claims that Mohamed, who served as the head of Communications in President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential campaign team, replaced Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna.

“Hussein Mohamed is the government spokesperson replacing Cyrus Oguna,” the tweet reads.

Is Mohamed really the new Government spokesperson?

We checked State House Kenya’s Facebook and Twitter timelines, where presidential appointments are communicated, but there was no such information.

Instead, we found a post announcing Mohamed’s appointment to a different position.

“The Head of State appointed Hon Josphat Koli Nanok (Deputy Chief of Staff), Mr David Mugonyi (Head of Presidential Communication Service) and Mr Hussein Mohamed (State House Spokesperson),” State House tweeted.

We also checked Mohamed’s verified Twitter page for any statement on the alleged appointment, and the result was negative.

However, we found Mohamed’s post thanking Ruto for appointing him as State House spokesperson.

Oguna held the position of Government spokesperson from May 2019 until October 2022.

The retired colonel has been nominated Chief of Staff in the Siaya County government.

PesaCheck has looked into a tweet purporting that seasoned journalist Hussein Mohamed has been appointed the new Kenyan Government spokesperson and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Fact-Checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck Senior Copy Editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.



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