Deputy President William Ruto has slammed a local newspaper for allegedly spreading fake news.

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This is after the Star claimed that the DP allies were planning to sabotage the looming referendum generated from the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

BBI was formed following the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga.

On its headline on Wednesday, the Star wrote: 'Ruto's allies plot to scuttle Uhuru-Raila referendum', adding that the contest would be the acrimonious end of the Jubilee marriage between the President and his deputy.

In a post on his Twitter handle, Ruto pitied the publication and warned that newspapers should seek to reach a wider audience without mentioning him.

"This is what constitutes FAKE NEWS. I know it is difficult but newspapers should try selling without the 'Ruto' mention. Please! Tafadhali woiye!" he posted.

About two weeks ago, the DP hit out at the Standard after it claimed in its headline that the President avoided him at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) while returning to the country from Zambia.

On its July 28 publication, the newspaper alleged Uhuru snubbed his deputy, who was waiting to receive him since he was in the company of Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu who was at the time being sought by police.

"FAKE NEWS ALERT!!! I was nowhere near JKIA. I am NOT surprised that some media houses and their owners are this desperate. Tuwasamehe tu!! (Let's just forgive them)" he tweeted.