Is This Photo of a Muddy Road From Nyandarua County, Kenya?

By James Okong’o

The above is a photo posted in a tweet claiming to show a muddy road in Nyandarua County in Kenya.

The tweet juxtaposes an image of Nyandarua County Governor Francis Kimemia and that of a vehicle in deep mud on a road.


reverse image search finds that the photo is of a road in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The photo was published with an article on the Jambo RDC Info website on May 15, 2018.

Screenshot showing the photo as it was used originally to illustrate a story from South Kivu.

PesaCheck translated the article’s headline, which reads: “Infrastructures: The civil society of South Kivu welcomes the relaunch of road rehabilitation works in the province”.


PesaCheck has looked into a tweet with a photo claiming to show a muddy road in Nyandarua County in Kenya and finds it to be FALSE.


This story was produced by PesaCheck in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie

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