Kenyan journalist on the spot over ‘fake news tweet’ on KFC

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, May 17th 2019 at 11:31
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Business Insider, an American financial and business news website, has put Kenyan journalist Teddy Otieno on the spot over a tweet about a student who reportedly scammed KFC, a fast food restaurant chain.

Otieno claimed that a South African man had been arrested for eating at KFC free for a year by saying the head office sent him to taste if the food is up to standard.

According to Business Insider, KFC, police and prosecutors do not know anything about the case and Otieno did not have his facts right.

Otieno, who works for radio station Hot 96, allegedly stated that he got the information from a source in KwaZulu Natal and dismissed KFC’s denial as a PR stunt.

BI highlighted other instances when Otieno shared ‘questionable’ stories including one on King Mswati III ordering men to marry two wives or face jail time.

This rumour was later dismissed by Swatini’s government spokesperson Percy Simelane who maintained Mswati had never uttered those words.

"His Majesty has not made any pronouncement to that effect as it has never been an issue raised," by the people, Simelane said.

He said the story was "not only an insult to the monarchy and the culture of eSwatini but a disgrace to journalism".

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