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Quiz: Know Uganda’s first lady? Can’t be M7’s fierce critic Stella

By Lucy Mwangi and Jacob Nyukuri

 The MCK desk investigates incidents of fake news between August 28 – September 3, 2023.

  1. A Facebook post purporting to show Eldoret gripped by protests in wake of the Finland university education saga was false. The viral image that circulated across social media allegedly portraying a protest in Eldoret is not a recent photo.A reverse image search revealed that the image was initially used in an article by VOA Africa on July 13, 2023, amidst anti-government protests in the Mathare neighborhood of Nairobi. These demonstrations initiated by opposition leader Raila Odinga’s called for a three-day protest against the high cost of living and the Finance Bill.

  1. A tweet claiming that Japanese star Yuto Kusaba was unveiled as the newest member of Nairobi City Starswhile wearing the Borussia Dortmund kit was false. The shared photo does not depict the unveiling of Kusaba. The image captures a moment from his practice session on August 25, 2023. An in-depth examination of Nairobi City Stars’ social media accounts reveals a significant event that transpired on August 24, 2023. Kusaba, a talented footballer hailing from Japan now based in Kenya, was officially unveiled by Nairobi City Stars’ CEO Patrick Korir. During the occasion, Kusaba proudly donned the iconic City Stars blue jersey, symbolising his official affiliation with the team. We also discovered that Kusaba shared the photos of his unveiling across his social media accounts after formalising his employment contract, marking his official transition to the Nairobi-based club.

  1. Kenyans on X engaged Ugandans in a war of words using the #KenyaVsUganda hashtag. A tweet disseminating images, purportedly comparing the First Ladies of Uganda and Kenya, was misleading.The Media Observer team did a reverse image search on the lady featured in the first photo. This led to an article dated March 19, 2020, published by The Guardian, a reputable British daily newspaper. According to the article, the individual in the photo is Dr Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan feminist, academic and writer. This occurrence followed her confinement of nearly 16 months inside Uganda’s Luzira prison. On the other hand, the second photo features Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Chebet Ruto. Janet Kainembabazi Museveni is Uganda’s First Lady.

  1. A Facebook post depicting an image of Pap Onditi town in Kisumu County was false.A reverse image search revealed the image was first shared on December 3, 2021, in an article by AutoJosh Automotive Company Limited. The article discloses that the depicted road is no other than Sheikh Zayed Road (also known as the E11) in United Arab Emirates.This striking sight of Dubai’s towering skyscrapers is a key factor that has elevated Sheikh Zayed Road to rank among Dubai’s most sought-after tourist destinations.

  1. An image shared on X purportedly showing President William Ruto  pleading with the Gabonese military to restore deposed President Ali Bongo Ondimba was false.A reverse image search conducted on the photograph revealed that the picture of President Ruto was extracted from a video originally posted by State House spokesperson Hussein Mohammed on July 28, 2023. However, a significant development transpired on August 30, 2023, as the Gabonese military orchestrated a coup to reject the election results. The military stated that their intent was to safeguard peace by bringing an end to the existing regime.

  1. An image on X purportedly depicting Nairobi Central Business District was false.A reverse image search revealed that the image captures a daytime view of Jakarta, the vibrant capital city of Indonesia. This captivating image was originally posted on Instagram by Ari Wibisono, a professional photographer and certified drone pilot based in Jakarta on April 11, 2023. Furthermore, Wibisono also shared a video showcasing the same view via his Instagram handle on June 27, 2023.

  1. The image on Facebook depicting opposition leader Raila Odinga visiting a police officer responsible for teargassing his convoy during the mass protests in Embakasi on March 30, 2023 at the hospital was false.On March 30, 2023 during the protests a plain-clothed police officer was caught firing tear gas, breaking the window of a media vehicle, and subsequently throwing tear gas into the car in Embakasi. A reverse image search revealed that this image was posted on the Orange Democratic Movement’s Facebook page on May 9, 2019, during opposition leader Raila’s visit to lawyer Norman Magaya at the Nairobi Hospital’s High Dependence Unit. This visit occurred following Magaya’s heart attack.

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