EXCLUSIVE: Truth About Jaguar's Photos That Fooled Kenyans

  • Starehe MP Charles Njagua at Westcom Point Building along Mahiga Mairu Road, off Waiyaki Way Facebook
  • Starehe MP, Charles Njagua, on Wednesday and Thursday, posted photos of him on the balcony of a building with an amazing view, which he captioned "Good morning from Dar es Salaam" on one of them. 

    Thes photos made of his followers believe that the legislator had travelled to the neighbouring country and even commented that Tanzania looks beautiful. 

    Following the image, BBC Swahili wrote an article explaining that Jaguar had visited to make amends after his controversial remarks that were termed xenophobic.

    Starehe MP Charles Njagua at Westcom Point Building along Mahiga Mairu Road off Waiyaki Way

    "Akizungumza na BBC kupitia njia ya simu, kiongozi huyo ambaye picha zake za mtandao wa Instagram zimemuonyesha akiwa mjini Dar es Salaam na Dodoma nchini Tanzania amesisitiza taarifa yake ya awali akisema kwamba aliyeleweka vibaya kuhusu matamshi aliyotoa kuhusu raia wa kigeni wanaoishi nchini Kenya,

    (Speaking to BBC on the phone, the leader, whose Instagram photos showed him in Dar es Salaam and Dodoma in Tanzania, emphasised that his remarks about foreign traders were misunderstood)," the publication wrote. 

    Closer home, Nation also published the story with one of the controversial images as the cover photos.

    The caption of the image read," A photo that Starehe MP Charges Njagua, better known as Jaguar, that he shared on Instagram during his visit to Dodoma, Tanzania, July 19, 2019."However, a hawk-eyed Kenyans.co.ke writer discovered that the pictures Jaguar posted on Instagram were actually taken at Westlands, Nairobi and even traced the exact spot where they were shot.

    The first indicator that the images were questionable was that despite being taken on the same location, the geotag read two different cities in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

    Accompanied by a photographer, this writer visited the same building where Jaguar took the photos, which is at one of the upper floors of Westcom Point Building along Mahiga Mairu Road, off Waiyaki Way.

    A collage photo of Starehe MP Charles Njagua and this writer at Westcom Point Building along Mahiga Mairu Road, off Waiyaki Way.

    A closer comparison of Jaguar's pictures against our own revealed glaring similarities. 

    The Safaricom Headquarters in Westlands can be seen at a distance. 

    Parkfield Place Building, which houses Resolution Insurance, can also be seen opposite Westcom Point, where Jaguar took the photos. 

    A collage photo of Starehe MP Charles Njagua and Digital Strategist Kevin Wandu at Westcom Point Building along Mahiga Mairu Road, off Waiyaki Way, showing Safaricom headquarters in the background.

    Some citizens argued that the MP could have travelled to Tanzania and only shared the Kenyan photos while there but numerous attempts to reach him for clarification were futile.

    After reports of the questionable images hit social media, Nation updated the original story and made amendments based on the new revelations. 

    A screenshot showing how Daily Nation initially reported on Starehe MP Charles Njagua's photos

    In a bid to debunk the photos, The Star also got it wrong writing that the images were taken at Sanlam Towers, information which was also false.

    "In one of the pics whose one cannot help but notice that the picture was taken at the Sanlam Towers with an aerial view of Westlands," the publication reported.

    A section of his Instagram followers was also fooled by the pictures as they used the moment to share a few comments showing him hospitality, as seen in the photo below.

    A screenshot of comments on Starehe MP Charles Njagua's Instagram post