Back to Africa Check

Ugandan opposition party official backing president Museveni’s son? No, photo digitally manipulated

A photo posted multiple times on Facebook appears to show a prominent Ugandan opposition leader endorsing the current president’s son, who is one of the country’s top military bosses

In the photo Lewis Rubongoya, the secretary-general of Uganda’s opposition party, the National Unity Platform, has his fist raised. He is wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a photo of Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and the message “Vote Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba” on the front. 

One post, shared in a public group of over 47,000 members, reads: “Gen Muhoozi kainerugaba is a Unifying Messiah, He will Unit all Ugandans irrespective of Religion, Culture, social status or Political background, let's embrace the Patriotic Statesman.”

Has Rubongoya really endorsed the son of the sitting president of Uganda? We checked. 

NRM_Fake

Original photo posted by opposition secretary-general

A look at Rubongoya’s official Facebook page shows the original photo was shared on 27 September 2021, the same day the false claims were posted on the social media platform.

In the original photo there is a logo of a fist and roots, not Kainerugaba’s photo, on Rubongoya’s hoodie. 

The opposition leader posted the photo with a quote attributed to US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr which ends: “This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” 

The image circulating on Facebook has been digitally altered.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”. What should you do? First, don't delete!

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters