No, false news of KSh100,000 payout for ‘every Kenyan’ during Covid-19 lockdown not broadcast on Citizen TV

“Every Kenyan to receive 100K due to the lockdown on corona,” reads text on what seems to be a screenshot of a Citizen TV news broadcast, posted on Facebook.

In early April 2020 the Kenyan government imposed a ban on movement in and out of four hotspots of Covid-19 infection, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease.

But will “every Kenyan” be given KSh100,000 during this lockdown? And did Citizen TV broadcast the news?

Screenshot text manipulated

In the three-week lockdown, movement from the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale is restricted. There is also a nationwide daily curfew from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am. But there has been no announcement of a payout.

Africa Check did a reverse image search of the image and found the original on the official Facebook page of Bahari FM, a radio station run by Royal Media Services, which also owns Citizen TV.

The image, posted on 23 March, shows a press conference on coronavirus by health minister Mutahi Kagwe that was aired live on the channel.

The original text reads: “CORONAVIRUS IN KENYA”. – Dancan Bwire


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