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ALTERED: This photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and a Sky News journalist has been doctored

The original image does not show the journalist holding a document with the word “Loans” written on the cover.

An image in which President Uhuru Kenyatta poses with Kimberley Leonard, a Sky News anchor, with the journalist holding a document with the word “Loans” on its cover is ALTERED.

The post was shared on Twitter as the Kenyan President began a three-day visit to the UK on 27 July 2021 at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The original photo, according to a reverse image search, is a tweet by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu.

The tweet contains the image in question and another of President Kenyatta in an interview with BBC’s Sophie Ikenye.

Esipisu’s tweet indicates the president was interviewed by both the BBC and Sky News on the final day of his UK visit.

The original image of the president and Leonard posing in a photo does not show the Sky News anchor holding documents whose cover has the word “Loans”.

PesaCheck has looked into the image claiming to show President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sky News anchor, Kimberley Leonard, with the journalist holding a document with the word “Loans” written on the cover, and finds it to be ALTERED.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck Chief Copy Editor Rose Lukalo.

The article was approved for publication by Managing Editor Enock Nyariki.

PesaCheck is East Africa’s first public finance fact-checking initiative. It was co-founded by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is being incubated by the continent’s largest civic technology and data journalism accelerator: Code for Africa. It seeks to help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on pronouncements about public finances that shape government’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) public services, such as healthcare, rural development and access to water / sanitation. PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. To find out more about the project, visit

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Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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