Kenya’s deputy president Ruto not ‘diagnosed with cancer’ – hospital photo from 2016

Bonyeza hapa ili kusoma ripoti hii kwa Kiswahili.

In July 2019 three prominent Kenyans – a member of parliament, a telecoms CEO and a county governor died of cancer.

The deaths revived media rumours about high numbers of government leaders reportedly being treated for cancer. 

Then a Facebook user shared a photo of Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto being attended to by a medic with the claim it showed him “in Nairobi Hospital where he was diagnosed with cancer”.

The user commented: “Breaking news: Ruto in Nairobi Hospital amepatikana na cancer.” That’s Kiswahili for: “Ruto in Nairobi Hospital has just been diagnosed with cancer.” 

Another post with the same image claimed Ruto had suffered a stroke.

‘Bout of flu’ during 2016 hospital opening

A reverse image search reveals that Ruto posted the photo on his Facebook and Twitter accounts in August 2016, during the official opening of the Lunga Lunga hospital in Kwale county.

Ruto said he was being treated for “a bout of flu”. 

“Opened Lunga Lunga sub-county hospital and became a beneficiary of treatment after a bout of flu. I am grateful to Rhoda Pola who attended to me in Lunga Lunga Constituency, Kwale County,” he wrote on Facebook.

At the time, a few blogs used the photo to claim Ruto was suffering from “haemorrhage”. But these were also false.  – Dancan Bwire 

Naibu Rais wa Kenya Ruto hakupatikana na saratani – picha ya hospitali kutoka 2016

Mnamo Julai 2019 mashuhuri wa Kenya watatu – mbunge, mkurugenzi wa kampuni ya simu na gavana wa kaunti – walikufa na saratani.

Vifo hivyo vilizua uvumi katika vyombo vya habari kuhusu idadi kubwa ya viongozi wa serikali walioripotiwa kutibiwa kwa saratani.

Baadaye, mtumizi mmoja wa Facebook alichapisha picha ya naibu wa rais wa Kenya William Ruto eti akihudumiwa na daktari, na madai ya kwamba alikuwa “katika Hospitali ya Nairobi ambapo alipatikana na saratani”.

Mtumizi huyo aliandika: “Breaking news: Ruto in Nairobi Hospital amepatikana na cancer.”

Chapisho lingine na picha hiyo hiyo lilidai Ruto alikuwa amepigwa na kiharusi.

‘Pigo la homa’ wakati wa ufunguzi wa hospitali ya 2016

Utafiti katika mtandao unaonyesha kuwa Ruto alichapisha picha hiyo kwenye akaunti zake za Facebook na Twitter mnamo Agosti 2016, wakati wa ufunguzi rasmi wa hospitali ya LungaLunga katika kaunti ya Kwale.

Ruto alisema alikuwa akitibiwa kwa “pigo la homa”.

“Kafungua hospitali ya kaunti ndogo ya Lunga Lunga na nilikuwa mfaidi wa matibabu baada ya kuugua homa. Nina shukrani kwa Rhoda Pola ambaye alinihudumia katika Jimbo la Lunga Lunga, Kaunti ya Kwale,” aliandika kwenye Facebook.

Wakati huo, blogu chache zilitumia picha hiyo kudai Ruto alikuwa anaugua “kutokwa na damu”. Lakini haya pia yalikuwa ya uwongo. – Dancan Bwire


Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check has partnered with Facebook to combat fake news and false information on the social platform. This fact-check is part of the initiative.

As part of its third-party fact-checking programme, Facebook allows its partners to see public articles, pictures or videos that have been flagged as potentially inaccurate.

Content rated as “false” by fact-checkers will be downgraded in news feeds. This means fewer people will see it.

You can help us identify fake news and false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

© Copyright Africa Check 2019. Read our republishing guidelines. You may reproduce this piece or content from it for the purpose of reporting and/or discussing news and current events. This is subject to: Crediting Africa Check in the byline, keeping all hyperlinks to the sources used and adding this sentence at the end of your publication: “This report was written by Africa Check, a non-partisan fact-checking organisation. View the original piece on their website", with a link back to this page.