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Beware of screenshot of fake tweet attributed to former Ugandan police boss Asan Kasingye

“I have served police for over 30 years and I'm forced to say this is the worst I've seen. I cannot work with a police that prides in torturing people. This is why I want to retire honorably before more atrocities are committed on Ugandans,” reads a screenshot of a tweet posted on Facebook. 

The screenshot appears to be from the Twitter account of former Ugandan police officer Asan Kasingye. Kasingye left his job in May 2022 after his contract expired

Uganda has previously hit the headlines for police brutality. So a tweet seemingly by an insider could be seen as evidence of increased police  brutality in the country.  

The screenshotted tweet appears on Facebook here, here, here and here

Kasingye is active on Twitter, but does the screenshot really show one of his tweets? We checked.


Hints of fake tweet

The date format on Kasingye’s Twitter account around the time of the screenshot is different to that on the screenshot itself. 

The date format when the tweet in question was posted is 05/05/2022. But on his official verified Twitter account, the date format for the same day is May 5, 2022.

Disregard fake tweet

The retired senior police officer posted the screenshot on his official Twitter account – stamped “FAKE NEWS.”

“Please disregard this. It’s fake. I never authored & posted such a tweet! @PoliceUg,” Kasingye tweeted.

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