The Star (Kenya)

Ex­press­way photo is not of Kenyan road

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Aphoto that has been cir­cu­lat­ing on Twit­ter claim­ing to be an ex­press high­way in Kenya is false. The photo was last week posted by lawyer Ma­jimbo Georgiadis claim­ing it was an ex­press­way in Kakamega, com­pleted un­der the lead­er­ship of Governor Wy­cliffe Oparanya.

The photo was also tweeted by Kenya Traf­fic in­di­cat­ing it would be the model of the Gi­taru Wangige by­pass to Nden­deru Junc­tion once com­plete. But the Star’s fact-check desk found oth­er­wise. This story was pro­duced by The Star in part­ner­ship with Code for Africa’s ILAB data jour­nal­ism pro­gramme, with sup­port from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

In the first in­stance, it is ob­vi­ous that you keep left un­less over­tak­ing on Kenyan roads. Look­ing at the pic­ture, it is seen that the on­com­ing traf­fic is com­ing from the left as op­posed to the right.

Se­condly, look­ing at the land­scape, Kakamega county or Gi­taru area does not have such a land­scape, a fact sup­ported by the veg­e­ta­tion along the road.

Thirdly, on Kenyan high­ways, sig­nage is al­ways placed on the left of the high­way for the warn­ing signs and above for the in­for­ma­tive signs. In this photo, the sig­nage is placed on the right.

Us­ing Google search tools, we estab­lished the road is a Pol­ish ex­press­way in Biel­sko-bi­ała.

The 38.2km Ex­press­way S52 is un­der con­struc­tion in Poland, which is lo­cated in the Sile­sian and Lesser Poland voivode­ships.

Upon com­ple­tion, it will con­nect the bor­der of the Czech Repub­lic in Cieszyn-bo­gus­zow­ice along with the Ex­press­way R48 in the Czech Repub­lic with Kraków.

The photo has, how­ever, been used widely on re­port­ing on the con­struc­tion of the $751.2 mil­lion transna­tional high­way be­tween Kenya and Tan­za­nia.

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