Back to Africa Check

Loans for ‘broke Kenyans’ from Nairobi governor? No, it’s a scam  

The Facebook page Nairobi County Loans claims to offer loans of KSh10,000 to KSh3 million from county governor Mike Sonko’s “loans foundation”.

The page’s cover photo shows cash with the words “Sonko loans WhatsApp 0743901970”.

On 10 June 2020 the page posted a message: “Good morning Kenyans don't be broke juu Sonko loans foundation inapeana loans from 10k to 3m whatsapp the word LOAN to 0743901970 and get your loan immediately.”

Africa Check has previously debunked a scam claim that Sonko was giving out loans, motorbikes and school fees.

Is this another scam?

‘County not giving out loans’

The page is not the official Facebook page of the county’s government, even though it uses the logo of the Nairobi City County government

And there are no loan offers to be found on Sonko’s official Facebook page, where he posts about his administration’s charitable activities.

We asked the county government about the Nairobi County Loans page.

“That is a scam! Ignore it,” a spokesperson told us. “Nairobi county is not giving out any loans.” – Grace Gichuhi

Republish our content for free

We believe that everyone needs the facts.

You can republish the text of this article free of charge, both online and in print. However, we ask that you pay attention to these simple guidelines. In a nutshell:

1. Do not include images, as in most cases we do not own the copyright.

2. Please do not edit the article.

3. Make sure you credit "Africa Check" in the byline and don't forget to mention that the article was originally published on

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.