Kenya: Kenyan University Lecturer Busted Shoplifting? No, False Old Claim Posted Again

Two photos of a man in a suit holding a full shopping basket, escorted by what seems to be a police officer while a curious crowd follows them, was posted on Facebook on 7 May 2022.

"Kenyatta University should pay its lecturers well," its caption reads. "Now see this KU lecturer was caught today stealing items from Naivas. Very shameful anaiba hadi condom."

"Anaiba hadi condom" is Kiswahili for "He has even stolen condoms."

Kenyatta University, a public institution, has its main campus in Nairobi county. Naivas is a Kenyan supermarket chain.

Africa Check discovered that the same Facebook user has posted similar claims before, in November 2018 and August 2019.

The 2019 version claimed that the photos show "a lecturer of Mass communication at MMU" who was "caught stealing from a supermarket". It added that if not for the police, "he would have died in the hands of a cruel mob. So sad."

Web Search Engine

MMU is the Multimedia University of Kenya.

The claim has been posted on group pages with a combined membership of more than 166,000.

But do the photos show a Kenyan university lecturer caught shoplifting? We checked.

Reports from Malawi

The recent post claims the incident happened "today" – 7 May 2022. But a reverse image search reveals that the photos have been online since at least January 2017. And they weren't snapped in Kenya.

One of the photos was first posted on Malawi news websites. It featured in stories about a polytechnic student being caught stealing in Mangochi, a town in Malawi.

According to the reports, Mangochi police deputy spokesperson Amina Daudisaid items worth K45,000 were stolen.

They added that the suspect was from Chikwati village in the Zomba district of southern Malawi.

The incident was also covered in Kenya, but none of the reports said it had happened in Kenya.

And back in December 2018 Kenyatta University tweeted that the shoplifting claim was "fake news".

Create your post! FREE (Why?)

Leave your vote

39 Points
Upvote Downvote


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button

Log In

Forgot password?

Don't have an account? Register

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.