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FALSE: This is not Saoset Dam in Bomet County, Kenya

The image is of Chebara Dam in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

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This Facebook post with an image purported to be of Saoset Dam in Bomet County, Kenya is FALSE.

The image shows a water body surrounded by vegetation. The text accompanying the image reads: “Goodmorning from Saoset Dam/ waterpan Cheboyo village ,Chepalungu constituency Bomet County(sic).”

However, some comments under the post indicate that the author’s information is inaccurate, prompting an investigation.

A Google reverse search of the image shows it is of the Chebara Dam in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

From the results, the image has been used in the past to show the Chebara Dam. The Star, for instance, published the photo with the caption “Chebara Dam in Elgeyo Marakwet county, which supplies water to Eldoret town and environs.” Other sites herehere, and here also published the image indicating it is Chebara Dam.—–1c5d98b811c7——————————–

The dam was opened in 1999 in Elgeyo Marakwet County to address the water shortage in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County. The area borders Elgeyo Marakwet to the east. The dam is located on Sergoit Lake, which covers both counties.

Further, a look-up of the dam on Google returns multiple sources that attest that the Chebara Dam is indeed in Elgeyo Marakwet. On the other hand, a search for Saoset Dam brings up Facebook posts shared in August 2023 about the dam’s launch and ongoing construction in Bomet.

PesaCheck has looked into a post with an image shared on Facebook purported to be of Saoset Dam in Bomet County, Kenya, and found it to be FALSE.

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 Harriet Ogayo and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze.

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

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