“We deeply apologize for announcing fake results to ugandans due to the fear of murdering our families,” reads what seems to be a screenshot of a tweet by NTV Uganda, posted on Facebook. “Ugandans DICTATOR Museveni has taken over electrical commission. Simon Byabakama.”
Did NTV Uganda really tweet this? We checked.
There are several signs that this tweet is also fake. First, while tweets by reputable media houses may have the occasional error, this one is riddled with them.
And the country’s constricted media space means it’s unlikely that NTV would describe Museveni as “Ugandans [sic] DICTATOR”.
No record of tweet
We also checked the official Twitter account of the electoral commission and found no record that Byabakama or the commission had made such a claim. Yes, this tweet is also fake.
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