It reads: “Ni Bahati mbaya kuwa nimejaribu kipimo cha ugonjwa wa coronavirus. Lakini nitaendelea kulitumikia taifa langu kwa mbali kana kwamba nilikuwa kwenye mstari wa mbele hadi mambo yatakapokuwa bora.”
Loosely translated from Kiswahili, this means: “It’s by bad luck that I have tested positive for coronavirus. But I will continue to serve my country remotely just like I was on the frontline, until things get better.”
The 8 May 2020 post links to an article on the site UCR World News, headlined “Tanzania’s health minister tests positive for coronavirus”. The article’s only source is the supposed tweet, which it shares.
But did the country’s health minister tweet that she had also tested positive for the disease? We checked.
Tweeted from 400km away
The tweet is fake.
Twitter’s date and location stamp at the bottom of the tweet reads: “5:34 AM May 8, 2020 from Dodoma, Tanzania • Instagram”.
And the minister tweets on Twitter for iPhone – not from “Instagram”.
More than this, the minister’s “announcement” was not reported by any mainstream news outlets, as would be expected.
‘Reports not true. Ignore them’
In the evening of 8 May, Mwalimu took to Twitter to dismiss the claim.
She shared the screenshot of the tweet and the UCR World News article with “FAKE” stamped across them in red.
“Mimi kupata Corona sio ajabu wala aibu. Hata hivyo Taarifa hii sio ya Kweli, ipuuzwe,” she tweeted.
This translates as: “My contracting coronavirus would be neither remarkable nor shameful. But these reports are not true. Ignore them.” – Grace Gichuhi
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