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Does Nairobi produce 45% of Kenya’s GDP, the figure given by the UK’s Guardian newspaper recently? New data, which includes counties’ contribution to the economy, puts the capital’s share of gross domestic product at just over 20%.

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An indefinite ban on logging is hurting Kenya’s economy, according to Nakuru senator Susan Kihika. Arguing for its end, she made two claims about forestry’s contribution to GDP and energy supply.  The post Kenya logging ban: Do senator’s claims about GDP and demand add up? appeared first on Africa Check.

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We tracked seven promises South Africa’s ruling party made in its 2014 election campaign five years ago, based on their potential impact on people’s lives and the data available. Only one was kept.

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A statistic about the dangers of owning a firearm is often attributed to South African studies published in 1999 and 2000. But their author says his research does not support the claim.

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Nigeria banned opioid-based cough syrup in 2018, but a leading pharmacist says substance abuse remains a problem, with 14.4 million people currently using drugs – a quarter of them women. Is this true? The post How many Nigerians use drugs? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Does Nigeria produce 62 tonnes of waste a year, and 650 grams of waste for each person every day? We examine these and other claims about garbage in Africa’s most populous country.

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Did council of governors chair Wycliffe Oparanya get his facts right when he laid out the achievements of Kenya’s 47 counties in the annual State of Devolution address? We checked. The post Claims on Kenya’s counties: fact-checking the 2019 State of Devolution Address appeared first on Africa Check.

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Media reports frequently claim that a quarter of South African employees have been diagnosed with depression. Is this true? The post Do 1 in 4 South African employees have depression? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Does a citizen of Germany hold a majority stake in South Africa’s reserve bank? While the story of Michael Duerr’s 57.5% shareholding is colourful, it’s nowhere near the truth. The post German national Michael Duerr owns 0.5% – not 57.5% – of South Africa’s Reserve Bank appeared first on Africa Check.

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New home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says fraudulent marriages have been his baptism of fire. But marriages of convenience are legal, not fraudulent.  The post Over 2,000 phoney marriages reported in South Africa, but only 1,160 ‘truly fraudulent’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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Settling into his second term, governor Ben Ayade contended that Cross River state in southern Nigeria had fewer instances of crime than the country’s other states. We checked. The post Is Nigeria’s Cross River state among the safest, as governor claimed? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Former governor Isaac Ruto says Kenya’s parliament is short-changing the 47 county governments by using old financial figures to work out their share of national funds. The post Yes, Kenya’s county funding based on five-year-old national revenue figures appeared first on Africa Check.

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Trauma is linked to rising cases of suicide, a mental health expert said. But were her claims about how Nigeria compares with other countries correct? The post Nigeria ranked ‘15th in the world’ for suicide – but Lesotho tops African list appeared first on Africa Check.

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Are three in 10 Nigerian men raising children fathered by someone else, as a newspaper claimed? We checked the country’s extent of “paternity fraud”. The post No data shows 30% of Nigerian men ‘not biological fathers of their children’ appeared first on Africa Check.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta wants to be remembered for improving healthcare. While health funding has increased, it is still short of a 15% African target. The post Yes, Kenya’s health budget has risen 30% in last two fiscal years appeared first on Africa Check.

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Bheki Cele recently claimed that one police officer serves 383 people in South Africa, and that this falls short of a UN standard. We investigated both claims. The post South African police minister cites dubious UN standard as he calls for 60,000 more officers appeared first on Africa Check.

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Digital lending apps are increasing the rage in Kenya - and also controversial. We looked into a much-shared claim as to their legality. The post No evidence powerful Kenyan minister urged debtors to default on popular mobile apps appeared first on Africa Check.

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Do half of young women in northern Nigeria have no formal education, as a giant multinational tweeted? Sadly, this is accurate. The post Coca-Cola is right: 50% of young women in northern Nigeria have no formal education appeared first on Africa Check.

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We fact-check Henry Rotich’s claims on economic growth, civil servant wages, tenders and e-commerce as he outlined Kenya’s spending plans. The post Kenya’s 2019 budget speech: do finance minister’s numbers add up? appeared first on Africa Check.

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In an appeal for funds, a British charity made two startling claims about the fate of Kenya’s mothers and young children. We checked them out. The post Does Kenya have one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world? appeared first on Africa Check.

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A “scandal”. That’s how a UK documentary described the use of illegal skin bleaching creams in South Africa, claiming a third of local women use them. But what’s the evidence? The post ‘Big business’: Do 1 in 3 South African women buy skin bleaching creams? appeared first on Africa Check.

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A senior civil servant claimed that up to 80% of all Kenyan farmers are smallholder farmers. We checked if he was right. The post Are nearly 80% of Kenya’s farmers smallholders? No data shows this appeared first on Africa Check.

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Are there 3.7 million orphans in South Africa, a country of 57.7 million people? A distressing claim in a chocolate company’s marketing campaign is outdated – and overstated. The post Cadbury South Africa’s 3.7 million orphans claim based on old data appeared first on Africa Check.

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How many registered voters didn’t turn up? What was striking about the youth vote? We pull up a few numbers from the 8 May election. The post Quick read: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers appeared first on Africa Check.

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There are many stories about skilled South Africans leaving for other countries, a popular radio show said. But what are the actual numbers? We went in search of them. The post Do eight professionals leave South Africa for every one that comes in? appeared first on Africa Check.

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