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.
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.
But is this a legitimate Star newspaper cover? We checked.
‘Stay alert and beware of fake news’
“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.
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