Are These Pictures of Military Officers at Lee Funeral Home Recent?

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Images showing people in military attire at the Lee Funeral Home began circulating on March 19.

This spectacle that was likened to that of a state funeral came about shortly after Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on March 11 declared that he tested positive for COVID-19, and after Tanzanian President John Magufuli was pronounced dead on March 18.

While the Lee Funeral images were making rounds, some tweeps falsely claimed that former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki had allegedly died.

Background

The Late President Magufuli was initially reported to have been flown to Kenya and receiving treatment at the Nairobi Hospital according to Nation Africa report. Although government officials denied that the president had been sick, there were speculations that the Tanzanian leader had contracted COVID-19. This is especially since COVID-19 reports in Tanzania were concealed under President Magufuli’s instructions, even as there was a surge in deaths and illness in the country as is revealed in this report by Piga Firimbi. While announcing his death, however, current Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu said that Magufuli died from heart complications.

Verification

A Google image reverse search reveals that the images of military officers at the Lee Funeral Home are actually from 2020. Tuko News website featured one of the images in an article published in February 2020. The caption attached to the image indicates that the photo shows military officers taking charge of burial arrangements after the death of former Kenyan President Daniel Moi, which was announced on February 4, 2020.

Besides the social media allegations, there is no legitimate media report containing the news that President Moi’s predecessor, Mwai Kibaki, has died as alleged.

Verdict

Posts claiming to show images of military officers at the Lee Funeral Home on March 19 are FALSE.

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Linda Ngari