“Breaking news Uganda … Bobi Wine’s life is in great danger,” reads the text on what appears to be a screenshot of a CNN news broadcast, shared on Facebook.
The screenshot shows two photos side by side. One is of Uganda’s opposition leader Robert Kyangulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, apparently being interviewed, while the other shows a man wielding a knife.
The implication appears to be that the man with the knife was about to attack Wine, although there are clearly two photos, slightly blurred together.
The image’s caption reads: “A Soulja Tried to kill Our President ...”
The post includes a link to a video that is the source of the interview photo.
But does the circulating screenshot really show a CNN report about a knife-wielding soldier attempting to attack Wine? We checked.
No evidence linking photo of soldier to Bobi Wine
The video linked to in the post shows soldiers armed with machine guns appearing to threaten Wine, the film crew and journalist, who sounds British. But there is no footage of a soldier attempting to attack Wine with a knife.
The soldier pictured was from the Central African Republic. He was filmed at a military training base in the Central African Republic, where soldiers were being trained by Russian fighters in preparation for deployment along the country’s border.
We could also not find any similar reports or articles by US-based news organisation CNN.
The screenshot has been doctored, and does not show a Ugandan soldier about to attack Wine.
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