“The citizen was arrested by the government for not wearing a face mask,” one caption reads. “Ironically the government [officials] arresting this poor citizen doesn’t have a face mask. Oh my Kenya my country.”
Another user posted: “These 2 traffic policemen arrested this pedestrian for not wearing a mask. They, too, are not wearing masks!”
The claim has also been made on Twitter, tagging several Kenyan authorities.
But does the photo show a man arrested under the regulations?
Arrest during 2014 strike
Not one of the people in the photo is wearing a mask, including onlookers in the background. That’s a hint that it may not have been taken recently.
And a reverse image search reveals that it’s almost six years old.
The Covid-19 outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. – Dancan Bwire
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