Kenyans woke up to news that veteran journalist Leonard Mambo Mbotela was dead after a tragic road accident. The prominent Kenyan was alleged to have died early today, prompting many Kenyans to react to the sad news via whatsapp.
The bad news spread like wildfire on social media, with many retweeting the post. But it turns out this was fake news.
The huu ni ungwana journalist has come out to correct the misinformation. He was interviewed on KBC radio, where he expressed sadness that social media had killed him, adding that he is thankful to be alive.
“I forgive the person who crafted and peddled the false report that I perished in a road accident.”
“He does not know what he is doing. May God forgive him,” he said on live radio.
Stop these nonsense about Leonard Mambo Mbotela on social sites!! Leonard is fine and healthy jamani.
— Justice Langat (@JusticeLangat) July 15, 2017
Welcome to Kenya where a 40-year-old man with beards "kill" people for Rts. We're sinking too low. I'm happy Leonard Mambo Mbotela is Alive!
— Atanas (@atanasi_) July 15, 2017
Leonard Mambo Mbotela is VERY MUCH alive.
I have spoken to him.
— Bonnie Musambi (@bonniemusambi) July 15, 2017
— Perry Perrota (@Perrota56) July 15, 2017
RUMOUR ALERT: LEONARD MAMBO MBOTELA IS NOT DEAD.He is alive and well.
— CatherineNdonye (@CatherineNdonye) July 15, 2017
Idiots killing Veteran Journalist Leonard Mambo Mbotela for Retweets? We can do better than that!
— Rokibe 🇰🇪 (@RonaldKibet_) July 15, 2017
Your MCM is killing Leonard Mambo Mbotela online for retweets.
— Kech-Nology🇰🇪 (@RonohKech) July 15, 2017
You know you're a real celebrity if you die on the internet several times before your death Leonard Mambo Mbotela
— TheConstantine (@ConstatoAsirvex) July 15, 2017