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Kenyan bank laundered funds for deputy president? Newspaper front page fake 

What appears to be the front page of the 25 September 2020 edition of the Kenyan newspaper, the Standard, is making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter and in local WhatsApp groups.

The headline reads: “How Oigara, KCB laundered 2B for Ruto”. 

A summary adds: “Details have emerged of how, KCB bank CEO Joshua Oigara, working in cahoots with close associates of the Deputy President, availed a safe passage for looted public funds and proceeds of shady deals.”

The front page also shows photos of deputy president William Ruto and the chief executive of Kenya Commercial Bank, Joshua Oigara.

Africa Check has recently debunked a spate of other photoshopped front pages shared on Kenyan social media. 

We checked if this newspaper headline was real. 

Headline from fake story

The headline is in fact from a false article posted on the imposter Facebook page “Citizen Weekly”, designed to resemble Weekly Citizen, a popular weekly newspaper in Kenya. 

Africa Check debunked the Facebook page and the article on 23 September.

The real headline for the 25 September edition of the Standard newspaper reads: “Uhuru call that shattered Ruto's plans”. 

The article reports that president Uhuru Kenyatta, the ruling Jubilee Party leader, stopped the party from fielding a candidate in a by-election

The genuine front page showed photos of Kenyatta and Ruto standing with Feisal Abdallah Bader, the candidate.

The Standard has also made clear that the front page has been manipulated.

It posted on Facebook: “We would like to inform the public that this headline on a supposed copy of the Standard is FAKE.” – Dancan Bwire


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