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CNN: We didn’t say Uhuru was ahead of Raila

CNN has termed as fake a news report that has been circulating on social media attributed to the station showing President Uhuru Kenyatta well ahead in opinion polls ahead of the August polls.

The fake CNN report cuts from a CNN Philippines broadcast to a fake video that uses CNN logo. However, the font used in the headlines is visibly different from the one used by the broadcaster.

The video comes after a fake video imitating the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme was also distributed on Friday.

Both videos had bogus surveys showing President Uhuru Kenyatta well ahead in polls ahead of the August 8 general election.

Recent opinion polls suggest neither President Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party nor the National Super Alliance (Nasa) candidate Raila Odinga have enough support to win outright.


A recent survey suggested that 90% of Kenyans had seen or heard false news in the run-up to the poll.

CNN has taken to Twitter to confirm that the video report is fake, while the BBC has urged people to verify any stories claiming to be from the broadcaster by visiting the BBC website.

The presidential election on 8 August will see incumbent President Kenyatta run against seven candidates including his main challenger, Mr Odinga.

To win outright, a candidate must get 50% of votes cast plus one vote, as well as at least 25% of votes in half of Kenya’s 47 counties. If no-one achieves that, the election will go to a run-off.