Is This Photo of President Kenyatta and a Sky News Journalist Doctored?

By Simon Muli

This image shows President Uhuru Kenyatta with Kimberley Leonard, a Sky News anchor, while the journalist holds a document with the word “Loans” on its cover.

The post was shared on Twitter as the Kenyan President began a three-day visit to the UK on 27 July 2021 at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


The original photo, according to a reverse image search, is a tweet by Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK, Manoah Esipisu.

The tweet contains the image in question and another of President Kenyatta in an interview with BBC’s Sophie Ikenye.

Esipisu’s tweet indicates the president was interviewed by both the BBC and Sky News on the final day of his UK visit.

The original image of the president and Leonard posing in a photo does not show the Sky News anchor holding documents whose cover has the word “Loans”.


PesaCheck has looked into the image claiming to show President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sky News anchor, Kimberley Leonard, with the journalist holding a document with the word “Loans” written on the cover, and finds it to be ALTERED.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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