“Danish Owned Shipping line Maersk's sleazy financial dealings in Kenya have been exposed,” text below the headline reads.
“A confidential report authored by a maritime watchdog-the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims that Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto may have received over $200 million in kick-backs from Maersk since 2018.”
It continues: “ACCC claims that Maersk paid the Bribes in order to clinch a deal to operate a new terminal at the port of Mombasa. The deal was so lucrative that Maersk has been operating the terminal for free in the last 3 years.”
The article says Maersk wired money to shell companies, registered in the Cayman Islands, that belong to known proxies of Ruto.
But did the Maritime Executive really publish this article on 22 December? We checked.
No evidence of article
The article’s allegations are serious, but have not been reported by any credible Kenyan media outlets.
So we asked the Maritime Executive if they had published it.
“The image is not authentic and was not created by The Maritime Executive – we are aware of the issue and flagging the image as we come across it,” the publication told us via Facebook messenger.
The screenshot is fake.
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