Photo of Ruto's Daughter With Echesa Triggers Kabogo

  • Deputy President William Ruto (left) and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo (center) at the Israel Assembly of God Church in Molo, Nakuru on April 28, 2019
    Deputy President William Ruto (left) and former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo (center) at the Israel Assembly of God Church in Molo, Nakuru on April 28, 2019
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  • On Tuesday, February 18, Former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo weighed in former CS Rashid Echesa's Ksh39 billion military weapon scandal, in which Deputy President William Ruto's aides were implicated, asking detectives to grill the DP's daughter, June Ruto, in connection with the scandal.

    June is a special envoy in Poland where Echesa allegedly toured to inspect equipment before reportedly swindling Echo Advanced Technologies, an American military supplies company.

    Kabogo, however, fell for a photoshopped image, which suggested that Echesa and June had inspected the weapons together.

    The photoshopped image purporting that former CS Rashid Echesa and June Ruto met in Poland
    The photoshopped photo purporting that former CS Rashid Echesa and June Ruto met in Poland
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    "Is that lady not a state officer? She should be recalled and be investigated thoroughly," Kabogo suggested via Twitter. 

    Other Kenyans were swift to notice the fault within the photo, arguing that it was photoshopped.

    "Fake picture! Fake news! Fake narrative peddled by fake people with fake names and mostly fake ideologies," one Marvins stated.

    "Shows how far people would go just to defame someone..how deep we have sunk," Wanjihia added.

    On Facebook, blogger Dennis Itumbi, debunked the photo, juxtaposing the fake image with the original one which did not have Echesa and June Ruto in it.

    "The original photo. Post it where the photoshop 'experts' are sharing it," Itumbi asked Kenyans to help stop the fake photos.

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    CCTV footage obtained from the office of DP Ruto revealed what transpired during the highly contested meeting.

    According to a report by Daily Nation on Monday, February 17, the footage showed that two of the DP's aides attended the controversial meeting in which former Sports CS Rashid Echesa is accused of defrauding Polish arms dealers.

    The officials allegedly met at the Harambee Annex office on Thursday, February 13, alongside representatives from Echo Advanced Technologies, an American Company.

    Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday, February 17, stormed Ruto's Harambee House Annex office in search of documents expected to shed light on the scandal.

    Echesa was on Monday, February 17, charged with 12 counts of fraud

    A photo of military equipment that that former CS Rashid Echesa and June Ruto were allegedly photoshopped into.
    A photo of military equipment that that former CS Rashid Echesa and June Ruto were allegedly photoshopped into.
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