FALSE: This Image Does Not Show a Nairobi Road Built Under Uhuru Kenyatta’s Regime as Alleged

Claims shared on Twitter containing this image suggest that the highway is located in Nairobi’s Central Business District. Similar claims were shared here and here. Another tweet here claims the road is in Nakuru, Kenya.

Background

Kenya’s road infrastructure has increased over the past decade. According to a Nation report, Kenya saw 11,000 km of road constructed between 2013 and 2022, leading to an expenditure of Ksh 1.44 trillion. President Uhuru Kenyatta boasted this figure in his 2022 Madaraka Day speech terming it as “world-class infrastructure”.

Verification

A reverse image search of the image reveals blog posts and social media posts locating the road in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Similarly, a news report by Gulf News with an image containing the buildings in the image in question places the road in Dubai, calling it Shaikh Zayed Road. See screen grabs below.

Further analysis of the landmarks visible from the road on Google Earth confirms that it is indeed Sheikh Zayed Road or E 11 highway in the United Arab Emirates. Note the buildings at the centre of the shared image visible from the road in the screen grab below.

Verdict

Claims that the image is of a road in Nairobi Central Business District are MISLEADING.

This fact check was published by Piga Firimbi with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.

Add comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *