“Kenyatta University should pay its lecturers well,” its caption reads. “Now see this KU lecturer was caught today stealing items from Naivas. Very shameful anaiba hadi condom.”
“Anaiba hadi condom” is Kiswahili for “He has even stolen condoms.”
The 2019 version claimed that the photos show “a lecturer of Mass communication at MMU” who was “caught stealing from a supermarket”. It added that if not for the police, “he would have died in the hands of a cruel mob. So sad.”
MMU is the Multimedia University of Kenya.
But do the photos show a Kenyan university lecturer caught shoplifting? We checked.
Reports from Malawi
One of the photos was first posted on Malawi news websites. It featured in stories about a polytechnic student being caught stealing in Mangochi, a town in Malawi.
According to the reports, Mangochi police deputy spokesperson Amina Daudi said items worth K45,000 were stolen.
They added that the suspect was from Chikwati village in the Zomba district of southern Malawi.
The incident was also covered in Kenya, but none of the reports said it had happened in Kenya.
And back in December 2018 Kenyatta University tweeted that the shoplifting claim was “fake news”.
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