IN SHORT: Fake news graphics are becoming common on Kenyan social media. A graphic supposedly quoting president William Ruto about the pay of public servants is fabricated.
The graphic, dated 27 October, reads: “I am asking all public and civil servants, to allow me to use the November salary as tax. We use that money to boost our economy.”
Since taking office, Ruto has embarked on a major and at times unpopular drive to raise taxes. Many Kenyans have been unhappy with the tax increases, although Ruto has justified them as the only way to reduce borrowing for a government struggling with high public debt.
Graphic and quote are fake
Africa Check searched Google for the quote attributed to Ruto and came up empty. Such a statement would be widely reported in Kenya as taxation is a much-debated topic in the country.
On 31 October, the site posted the graphic – stamped “FAKE” – on its official X account, warning readers.
“This post did not emanate from our media house. We flag it as FAKE. For official communication from http://Kenyans.co.ke, always visit the official website and verified social media pages,” the news agency wrote.
The graphic has been fabricated.
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