Former Vice President (VP) and Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has refuted claims by Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua that his wife is dead.
Governor Mutua had, on Sunday afternoon, January 2, posted on Facebook that Kalonzo’s wife Pauline had died, reports which were false.
“It is unfortunate we live in a time when people spend their minutes trying to get the most clicks and not tell the truth,” said Paloma Gatabaki, the head of communications at the Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka command centre.
“It [is] even more unfortunate when senior politicians post messages of condolence on their official social media pages without verification of the source. For one with a purported media background, this lapse in judgement is incredibly thoughtless.
“It is sad that the spinners of hateful, horrific and fake stories show no evidence of regret nor remorse for the damage they do,” added Gatabaki.
“Pauline Musyoka, who has been ailing for a while, is recuperating at her Karen home in Nairobi, said the statement.
Ford-Kenya Party leader Moses Wetang’ula tweeted on Sunday afternoon that he was with Kalonzo at his (Kalonzo’s) Karen home and that the ex-VP’s wife was well.
“[I] am in a meeting with Steve Kalonzo and Cyrus Jirongo at Steve’s residence. Mama Pauline is alive, safe and sound. This (Governor Alfred Mutua’s Facebook post) is fake news at its highest crudity. Alfred Mutua, you owe the country an apology,” he said.
Mutua would later issue an apology on Facebook, saying he had been misled by people close to Musyoka.
“I wish to apologise for the earlier post about the family of H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka. This was a result of misinformation and a hoax from several players, some, seemingly credible and close to H.E. Kalonzo, who made it seem like a message to me about the family. People can be evil,” he said.
“My sincere apologies for any anxiety caused. Happily, all is well. God bless you,” added the governor.
Musyoka’s communications team, however, took issue with the county chief’s original fake report.