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SATIRE: This KEBS standardisation mark is doctored

The original mark does not have the tagline “kaa rada pia sisi hatujui”.

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This tweet with a purported Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) standardisation mark is SATIRICAL.

KEBS is a government agency that focuses on the provision of Standards, Metrology, and Conformity Assessment (SMCA). It has been operational since 1974.

The standardisation mark on the tweet has the KEBS logo followed by the tagline, “Kaa rada pia sisi hatujui (stay alert, we too, don’t know).

The doctored standardisation mark was shared after the publication of reports claiming that KEBS does not conduct tests on locally sold goods. However, the state agency refuted the claim, stating that it examined over 60,000 consumer products in the 2022/2023 financial year.

The tagline employs humour to imply that KeBS, which is responsible for upholding quality standards in the country, might be neglecting its duties by being unaware of whether products consumed by Kenyans meet the necessary standards.

The image was also shared on Facebook here.

But is it authentic?

A Google reverse image search established that the photo is doctored. The original KEBS standardisation mark does not have the words “kaa rada pia sisi hatujui”.

The authentic graphic published on the agency’s website has the KEBS logo and the words “standardisation mark” underneath it.

The genuine image has also been published here and here.

According to KEBS, the mark is mandatory for locally manufactured products. To get the KEBS mark, products should meet set quality requirements and standards.

PesaCheck has examined a tweet with a purported Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) standardisation mark and found 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 Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.



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

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