A photo posted on a Kenya-based public Facebook group page in June 2021 shows a woman on the ground, reaching most of her body into a large muddy hole. Three water containers can be seen next to her. Text on the photo reads: “Governor Kiraitu Boreholes”.
The photo is captioned: “Only Kawira Mwangaza will save us. Billions za maji kiraitu amepeleka wapi?” The second sentence, in Kiswahili, translates as: “Where did Kiraitu take billions meant for water projects?”
The group page the photo was posted on has more than 38,000 members. But does the photo show a woman struggling to get water out of a basic well in Meru county? We checked.
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A machine translation of the caption in one of the articles reads: “A woman fetching water in the Dapaong region of northern Togo.” Togo is a country in West Africa. It’s more than 4,000 kilometres from Kenya, on the continent’s eastern coast. Dapaong is a city in northern Togo.
The photo is more than four years old, and was likely taken in Togo. It doesn’t show a “borehole” in Kenya’s Meru county in 2021.
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