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Disregard fabricated Star newspaper cover linking Kenyan politician Harun Mwau to businessperson Ann Njeri Njoroge in KSh17 billion oil scandal

IN SHORT: Fake newspaper covers are increasingly circulating on Kenyan social media platforms. One example is a cover linking prominent politician Harun Mwau to Ann Njeri Njoroge, who was at the centre of a KSh17 billion (about US$110 million) oil scandal.

An image of what appears to be the front page of the Kenyan newspaper the Star has been shared online in Kenya, with the headline “The Face Behind Ann Njeri Njoroge”.

The page has a picture of businessperson Ann Njeri Njoroge and local politician Harun Mwau. The strap line adds: “Shocking details reveals Kenyan billionaire Harun Mwau, behind 17bn fuel.” 

The date of the page is 22 November 2023.

Njoroge, a self-proclaimed oil importer, was linked to a KSh17 billion (about US$110 million) oil scandal in November 2023. She was summoned to appear before parliament to prove that she was the owner of a large fuel consignment. However, she failed to appear due to a sudden onset of illness.

No stranger to controversy, Mwau briefly served as the first director of the country’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The cover page has also been shared here and here.

But is this a legitimate Star newspaper cover? We checked.

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‘Stay alert and beware of fake news’

We checked the Star's archive of front pages and found that the 22 November issue did not match the front page in circulation.

“Revealed: Top county hospitals in big mess,” reads the authentic front page of the Star newspaper on 22 November.

The Star newspaper also posted on its social media pages that the cover in circulation was fake.

Stay alert and beware of fake news. If it is not on our official pages, it is FAKE! Get the real copy by visiting http://mgazeti.com,” reads their post on X, formerly Twitter.

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