There were some reports yesterday that Tanzanian President John Magufuli had flown economy class in an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
Anti-government bloggers and journalists led by Moha Jicho Pevu tweeted pictures of Magufuli aboard the plane, with the caption:
“Tanzanian President on board Ethiopian Airlines Economy class but going on official duty. A rare breed of African leaders emerging.”
Pictures of world leader Pres @MagufuliJP flying economy with a big smile hve restored my faith in humanity. Pray for this son of Africa.
— Benji Ndolo (@BenjiNdolo) October 4, 2016
Tanzanian President Magufuli flying Ethiopian economy class pic.twitter.com/PIUsdEsDFE
— Gitobu Imanyara (@GitobuImanyara) October 4, 2016
But did Magufuli really fly economy? The answer is No.
The pictures were taken last week as the Tanzanian President was launching two planes belonging to Air Tanzania. The plane did not even leave the ground with Magufuli on board.
Despite being corrected by many of those commenting, Mohammed Ali refused to make the correction, cementing his reputation as unapologetically one-sided. He does not let facts come in the way of a good anti-government story.
@MohaJichoPevu Can you acknowledge this information is wrong?
— Given Edward (@GIVENALITY) October 4, 2016
@MohaJichoPevu that is when he was launching ATCL new regional planes, wachana na propaganda! Magufuli yet to travel out of Tanzania!!
— Netía Shiundu™ (@NetiaShiundu) October 4, 2016
@MohaJichoPevu Love the way social media works BARE FACTS propagandists have no place – “nikumeza tu mate na kukula tu kwa macho”
— Symon Kimani (@SymonKimani) October 4, 2016
@MohaJichoPevu ooh, so if it is magafuli, it is not PR? When he closes radio stations for insulting him, you dont talk – we are not gullible
— Gathuki Ngahu (@GathukiNgahu) October 4, 2016
Propaganda, that is Newly acquired planes by Air Tanzania @MohaJichoPevu
— Wachira (@crookedQue) October 4, 2016
@mohajichopevu I thought you were above petty lies and fabrications. I guess I was wrong
— dennis mwangi (@IamDennisMwangi) October 4, 2016
@MohaJichoPevu ungo mtupu kama kawaida yako thats Air Tanzania’s new Q400 aircraft! It was a photo session, nothing else!!!
— GoonersFinest (@shotmaster_) October 4, 2016
No, Magufuli did not fly Economy while going on official duty. It was a photo-op for Air Tanzania’s new Bombardier Q400 all-economy cabin! pic.twitter.com/c1tEEDffOR
— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) October 4, 2016
And for the record, Uhuru launched a bigger KQ plane, a Dreamliner.
Source: Nairobi Wire