FALSE: MONUSCO did not fund the rehabilitation of Goma University | By PesaCheck | January, 2023
The university denied this claim and said that the renovation of its buildings is financed by the institution itself.
A Facebook post claiming that the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is rehabilitating the University of Goma is FALSE.
The publication is dated January 5, 2023 and is illustrated with photographs of two unfinished buildings with the letters “UN” on their pediments. The article reads: “ The University of Goma (UNIGOM) is being rehabilitated by MONUSCO “. To give more credence to this announcement, the author claims that the footage was taken by a Congolese journalist named Justin Kabumba.
PesaCheck reviewed this post and found it compelling.
As part of PesaCheck investigations, various platforms of the University of Goma, especially Facebook and Twitter and found a rebuttal from the institution which reads: “The University of Goma lake campus is not being rehabilitated by MONUSCO, but solely by the institution and with its own funds. The “UN” entry you see is only the result of a work in progress that consists entirely of “GOMA UNIVERSITY”.
Some netizens have confirmed Goma University’s statements this oneor this other one, who posted a fully restored photo of the building, but this time with the word “University” in full.
PesaCheck contacted Son Mahambajournalist Reuters The one who took the picture with “I” (UNI) and he has confirmed that he is the author. ” To denounce the fake news spread in MONUSCO, I took a photo with UNI written on it “.
This false information comes at a time of strained relations between MONUSCO and the Congolese population. The population accuses MONUSCO of compounding the failures, given that peace has not yet come to the country. Many regions are still in the grip of violent demonstrations, such as the one organized in July 2022, to demand the departure of this UN unit.
PesaCheck verified a Facebook post claiming that MONUSCO is funding rehabilitation work at the University of Goma and found it to be FALSE.
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This fact check was written by a fact checker Bella Lucia Nininahazwe and edited Nicole Ricci Mine, Articles Editor at PesaCheck. This article has been approved for publication by an editor at PesaCheck Doreen Wainainah.
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