IN SHORT: A screenshot of a WhatsApp message is circulating online claiming that Kenya's tax agency is deploying field marshals to inspect and record details of household appliances. But it is fake.
A screenshot of what seems to be a WhatsApp message with communication allegedly from Kenya’s tax agency is going viral on social media.
“KRA will on the beginning of 2024, assign it’s field marshals in each county of Kenya the task of inspecting and carrying out a census for each and every house appliance found and will start assessing them with filed tax returns,” the message reads.
The screenshot circulating on Facebook has the logo of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the country’s tax agency, at the top.
One user commented: “It could be true.”
In September 2023, the KRA announced that they would deploy revenue assistants to Kenyans doorsteps to enforce tax compliance. However, this exercise was aimed at facilitating the online registration of businesses and made no mention of keeping records of household appliances.
But is Kenya’s tax agency really deploying field marshals to inspect and record household appliances? We checked.
‘Don’t be a victim of misinformation’
The circulating screenshot contains errors such as “on the beginning of 2024” instead of “in the beginning of 2024”, and also says “it’s field agents” instead of “its field agents”. It is unlikely that the KRA would publish an official message that has spelling and grammatical errors.
A second red flag is that the information wasn’t covered by any credible media houses or government agencies.
On 4 January 2024, the KRA posted the viral screenshot with the word “fake” written across it in red.
“Fake news!! Don't be a victim of misinformation!,” reads the post on their official X (formerly Twitter) account.
The circulating screenshot is fake and should be ignored.
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