IN SHORT: Posts circulating online claim a man demolished a house in Kenya after his would-be in-laws rejected his marriage proposal. If believed, they could fan negative stereotypes and attitudes.
Bungoma is a county about 400 kilometres west of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Other Facebook posts claim the photos show a house demolished in Kilifi, a county on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline.
Some Facebook users applauded the man's actions, while others pointed out that it could be an "anger problem".
Given the wide reach of the posts, these claims could mislead those who believe them. They could also promote negative stereotypes about certain communities in Kenya, such as the Luhya people who live in Bungoma and the Mijikenda people who live in Kilifi.
But do the photos show a house being demolished in Kenya in July 2023, and by a man whose marriage proposal was turned down? We checked.
Photos taken in Nigeria in 2021
A reverse image search of one of the photos led Africa Check to news articles published in June 2021.
“Benue State Government has demolished two houses allegedly belonging to a kidnapper named Aondofa Cephas Chekele. The government says it has taken this step as a warning to those who are hindering peace in the state,” the post reads.
The photos were credited to Akume Raphael. They were not taken in Kenya.
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