A video of a man purportedly whipping people on roads and asking them to maintain one-meter distance is making rounds on social media. The claim with the video is that the Kenyan government is using Maasai tribe men to carry out stricter measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Let’s analyze the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of the Kenya Government using a Maasai tribe man to impose social distancing in Kenya.
Fact: The video is made by an ‘Entertainment’ based YouTube channel ‘Mbuzi Seller’. It doesn’t show a real-life incident. Also, there are no reports about the Kenyan government roping in Maasai tribe men to carry out stricter actions in the wake of Coronavirus infections in the country. So, the claim is FALSE.
The video in the post has the text ‘Mbuzziseller’ on it. So, when searched with that text, a YouTube channel with the same name was found in the results. In that channel, a longer version of the same video was found. When one goes through the video carefully, it can be found that the video was shot for ‘Entertainment’ purposes. In the description of the video, ‘#Tanzania comedy’ can be seen. When one goes through the other videos of that YouTube channel, the man can be seen in the same attire as in the video posted.
Also, when searched if the Kenyan government roped in Maasai tribe men to carry out stricter actions, no reports were found. When the video went viral, a news website ‘kenyans.co.ke’ has debunked the claim, which can be seen here.
To conclude, a video made by an ‘Entertainment’ based YouTube channel is being shared as ‘Kenyan government using Maasai tribe men for carrying out stricter measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus’.
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Thanks for the clarifications.