A summary below the headline adds: “Kampala prostitute laments how the Kenyan leader paid handsomely only for her to be left with a smelly UTI after a 3-day romp session.”
Next to the headline is a photo of a woman with her face obscured and the claim: “Medical reports from a doctor in Rubaga show herpes infection.”
Kenyan deputy president William Ruto is one of the frontrunners for president in the country’s general elections scheduled for 9 August 2022.
But did a Ugandan tabloid really lead with such a shocking story in early April? We checked.
The front page doesn't show a date of publication which is an unlikely omission for a newspaper.
Another red flag that the front page may be fake is that the headline text looks squeezed and a bit smaller than the daily’s typical front-page font.
“Please disregard this and treat it with the contempt it deserves,” the tabloid wrote.
It featured the same woman’s photo, but with her face visible, above a small headline that read: “Richest Ugandan Artistes Ranked.”
The front page circulating on social media has been doctored.
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