Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has distributed bottles of cognac to the poor, claiming that it kills coronavirus.
However, Kenya’s national government and the drink maker quickly chided him for propagating a myth.
Cognac is a specific type of brandy, an alcoholic beverage produced from distilled white wine.
Sonko posted images of Hennessy bottles tucked inside food packages with flour and other staples on social media this week.
“We are giving some small bottles of Hennessy in the food packs that we are giving to our people,” Sonko said in a video.
In the video, he wears a face mask and shield.
He claimed WHO research says alcohol plays a very major role in killing the coronavirus.
LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group which makes Hennessy cognac, said Sonko was wrong.
“The consumption of our brand or any other alcoholic beverage does not protect against the virus,” its local officials said.
LVMH urged people to follow WHO guidelines in preventing COVID-19.
Among these is frequent washing of hands with soap.
Kenya has 225 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease so far.
Movement has been restricted to slow the spread.
Sonko is known for his chunky gold jewellery, impromptu raps and arrests.