We have written about the problems with Pesacheck before. They refuse to factcheck Ugandan government lies.
The bad fact-checking is not limited to Uganda. Also in Kenya their factchecking is of poor quality. One problem that Pesacheck has is they dont understand humor.
We ask Deutsche Welle & Code 4 Africa, who financially sponsor Pesacheck, if it was their intention to fact-check jokes.
Joke 1: Kibuye roundabout
Frank Gashumba is making fun of the terrible state of the Ugandan infrastructure. Many projects are unfinished. There’s so much corruption that the costs are enormous. That’s why Gashumba posted this photo of a roundabout in China. Pesacheck says it’s false. It’s clearly a joke.
Joke 2: UDA flag on the moon (9 August 2022)
Chepkerio Mtetezi posted this photo of UDA, the political party of William Ruto, planting a flag on the moon.
Joke 3: Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport has not been renamed to HUEN (28 February 2022)
Of course it has not really been renamed like this. This joke puts attention to the growing economic power of the Chinese and their loan to Entebbe airport gives them so much power, they could even make this name change if they really wanted! Pesacheck didn’t understand that.
Joke 4: Photo of Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Uganda’s People Power Movement colours is doctored (27 October 2020)
Of course he didn’t. But Pesacheck had to fill their website.