On 6 October 2021, Taifa Leo shared a different newspaper front page on their official Facebook page.
Syndicated Story by Pesa Check.
This Facebook post carrying the purported image of a Taifa Leo newspaper front page dated 6 October 2021, has been ALTERED.
The fake cover’s main headline reads “Azimio ya majambazi, wezi sugu”, translating, “resolution of bandits, hardcore thieves”.
The sub-headline reads, “Familia za Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki na Daniel Moi zaunga azimio lake la 2022”. This translates, “The families of Jomo Kenyatta, Mwai Kibaki and Daniel Moi support his 2022 resolution”.
The lead image is of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and is placed next to the main headline. Other smaller images of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Baringo County Senator Gideon Moi and Jimmy Kibaki are placed next to Odinga’s photo.
To verify the authenticity of the newspaper cover, PesaCheck searched using the keywords “Taifa Leo e-paper 6 October 2021” and found the original front page of the day’s edition.
The original newspaper cover has a different headline from what we are fact-checking. The main headline reads “Watoto wa marais wakwama na Raila”, meaning, “Presidents’ children stick with Raila”.
However, everything else on the original newspaper cover is the same as the fake one. This includes the underlined sub-headline above the main headline and the photos of Odinga, Kenyatta, Gideon Moi and Jimmy Kibaki.
A photo grid of the legitimate 6 October 2021 Taifa Leo Newspaper front page versus the altered one.
On 15 October 2021, PesaCheck debunked another altered version of the 6 October 2021, Taifa Leo newspaper front page.
PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post with an image of a Taifa Leo newspaper front page dated 6 October 2021 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.
This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Naomi Wanjiku and edited by PesaCheck chief copy editor Rose Lukalo. The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Enock Nyariki.
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