Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris has hit out at netizens spreading rumours that former AFC Leopards Chairman Alex Ole Magelo has succumbed to Covid-19 related complications.
In a tweet on Wednesday, Passaris noted that she was deeply affected by the “news” of Magelo’s death, only for her to discover that its fake news after reaching out to the family.
Passaris further noted that it is unethical and inconsiderate for bloggers to publish such information without seeking the necessary confirmation.
She condemned those behind the rumours noting that they have caused pain and anguish to the Ole Magelo family.
“I cried when I got the "news" that Ole Magelo was no more. So I sent a text to his wife, "tell me this is not true." And she replied that it's not true. To the bloggers, were the clicks and retweets worth the pain you have caused this family? Don't be pathetic in search of clout!” she tweeted.
Elsewhere, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna has apologized to the family for weighing in on the fake news through his condolence message.
Sifuna has since deleted the tweet and replaced it with “My sincere apologies. I was misinformed.”
Reports indicate that the former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker is currently receiving treatment after contracting Covid-19.
Ole Magelo is a renowned politician in Nairobi and an influential member of the Maasai community.
As we approach the 2022 general elections, Ole Magelo is among leaders expected to play a critical role in Maa politics as he is very influential in the region.