The Kenyan newspaper shared an image of the legitimate cover on its social media page that shows a different lead story.
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An image purporting to show the 15 October 2021 front cover edition of Kenya-based publication Taifa Leo is ALTERED.
The cover of the Swahili publication carries a lead story titled “Aisha Tupee Posho Yetu (Aisha Give us our Cut)”. It contains two images; the first one of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto, with the member of parliament for Malindi constituency, Aisha Jumwa, and the second shows the two mingling with supporters at a political rally.
The text below the images states, “Ma hasila (sic) wa wadi ya Gongoni, eneo Bunge la Magarini Jimbo la Kilifi walilia Aisha awalipe posho Yao ya milioni 1.2 aliyopewa na Ruto awagawie, lakini wanadai Aisha ana njama fiche na hela hio. (Party supporters from Gongoni Ward, Magarini constituency, in Kilifi county beseech Aisha to give them their fair share of the Kshs 1.2 million given to them by DP Ruto, and claim Aisha was secretly planning to dupe them).”The Facebook post accompanying the image castigates the publication for the choice of content. “Of all the serious national issues, Taifa Leo picked this as the headline!” reads the post.
The legitimate 15 October 2021 cover lead story is about the High Court’s ruling on the controversy surrounding the legality of the national Huduma Namba identity system.
Unlike the fake front cover, the publication’s authentic front page carries three images, not two. The main image shows President Uhuru Kenyatta with first Lady Margaret Kenyatta holding up a Huduma card.
The second photo shows Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi signing an endorsement for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). The third shows Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi and her Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade counterpart, Ababu Namwamba, with other health officials.
There is no image of Ruto or Aisha Jumwa.
Other stories highlighted on the fake front cover are similar to those carried by the legitimate front page of the Taifa Leo.
In a Facebook post on 17 October 2021, Nation Africa, Taifa Leo’s sister publication, disowned the fake front page image.
PesaCheck has looked into an image, purportedly showing the front cover of the 15 October 2021 edition of the local Swahili daily, Taifa Leo, and finds it to be ALTERED.
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The article was approved for publication by managing editor Enock Nyariki.
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