“Watch this interesting video of Magufuli celebrating in Tanzania after being free from corona. No mask, no social distancing, no curfews, no lockdown – Tanzania celebrations after defeating corona,” one user who shared the video wrote.
“No masks. No social distancing. No curfews. No lockdown – Tanzania celebrations after defeating corona,” reads the initial post, which has been shared more than 4,000 times.
But does the video really show the president joining a band to celebrate “defeating” the coronavirus in his country? We checked.
Video online as early as 2017
Footage from 2016 event
Using the YouTube data viewer, we extracted images from the video. We ran the images through Google’s reverse image search and found matching photos in an article on Tanzania’s State House website. The headline reveals that the photos were taken on 21 October 2016.
One caption reads, in Kiswahili: “Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania Dkt. John Pombe Magufuli akipiga tumba katika bendi ya Msondo Ngoma mara baada ya kuweka jiwe la msingi katika mradi wa ujenzi wa Hosteli za wanafunzi katika chuo kikuu cha Dar es Salaam.”
This translates as: “The president of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, on the drums with the Msondo Ngoma band moments after laying a foundation stone for a students’ hostel at the University of Dar es Salaam.”
The video of Magufuli on the drums was taken in 2016, not in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. – Grace Gichuhi
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