By Victor Mboya
The KEG fact-checking desk came across a newspaper front page apparently from the Standard newspaper. It has a photo of President Kenyatta, with the headline “This man messed up a whole country”. We checked if the page, which has spread widely on social media, was genuine.
A reverse image search revealed a front page with the photo of the former treasury secretary, Henry Rotich, not Uhuru Kenyatta.
A tweet by Dr Roselyn Akombe, a former commissioner with Kenya’s election agency, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, which mentioned the newspaper’s front page, matched the date on the newspaper, of 4 November 2019.
The newspaper also tweeted out the front page, which had the photo of Rotich, and published a story about the former cabinet secretary the same day, with the headline included in the story’s web address. The front page with President Kenyatta’s photo is fake.