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SATIRE: The High Court of Kenya has not declared the lifting of curfew unconstitutional

There is no information about the ruling on the Judiciary website and the Judiciary does not operate on public holidays when the said ruling was allegedly made.

Syndicated Story By PesaCheck.

Facebook post claiming that the High Court of Kenya has declared the lifting of the curfew unconstitutional is SATIRICAL.

The claim about the High Court ruling was shared on 20 October 2021and is labelled “Breaking News” suggesting that it was posted soon after the announcement was made.

On the same day, President Uhuru Kenyatta led the country in the national celebration of Mashujaa Day. At the event, Kenyatta ordered the lifting of the curfew that has been in effect from 22 March 2020.

Being a public holiday, it is unlikely that a petition to outlaw the order by the President would have been made.

The claim in question was shared against the backdrop of many rulings by the High Court that have rendered various initiatives sponsored by the Executive arm of government unconstitutional, including the Huduma Namba Identity System and the Building Bridges Initiative.

There is no information about the said ruling on the lifting of curfew on the Judiciary website or its Twitter page where it routinely posts information about rulings.

PesaCheck has looked into the Facebook post claiming that the High Court has declared the lifting of the curfew unconstitutional, and finds it to be SATIRICAL.

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

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