Fact Check-Photo does not show Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa driving bus to Queen Elizabeth II funeral


Some social media users have shared a photo depicting Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa behind the wheel of a bus, claiming it shows him driving African leaders to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London. However, the photo dates to at least 2019 and Mnangagwa did not attend the funeral himself but was represented by Foreign Minister Frederick Shava.

Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, was laid to rest on Sept. 19 after a funeral service with a 2,000-strong congregation, including 500 presidents, prime ministers, foreign royal family members and dignitaries (here ).

One Facebook user posted a series of photos including one showing Mnangagwa behind the wheel of a bus, another of U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, and a third showing Kenyan President William Ruto and Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu among a group sitting on a minibus (here ).

The accompanying caption reads: “US president’s official car, ‘The Beast’ was flown to London for US President Joe Biden’s use. African Presidents were driven in a bus. Driver: Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. They all went to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s burial in London.”

The same set of photos was also shared on Twitter alongside the caption: “It is crazy how African leaders are loaded in one bus. The Beast was flown to London for US President Joe Biden while African Presidents are driven by bus by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Their had to even find a driver among themselves. African leaders have reduced their self 0%” (here ).

While it is true that Biden took a private car to the funeral (here ), it was a move that caused some diplomatic backlash, as British authorities had requested all leaders and foreign royals to travel with arranged coaches “because of tight security and road restrictions”, according to official documents seen by Politico (here ) , (here ).

It is also true that the photo showing Ruto and Suluhu was captured en route to the queen’s funeral (here) , (here ).

However, it is not true that Mnangagwa drove a bus carrying heads of state to the funeral.

A reverse image search reveals that the photo of Mnangagwa in the social media posts is not from 2022 – but from at least April 2019, see (here ).

Furthermore, the Zimbabwean leader did not attend the funeral himself, according to Zimbabwe news agency New Ziana (here ).

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said that while Mnangagwa had been invited, he was unable to go due to prior commitments. Foreign Minister Frederick Shava attended in his place (here ).

VERDICT

Miscaptioned. The photo does not show Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa driving a bus with his African counterparts to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, as it dates back to at least 2019. Mnangagwa also did not attend the funeral but was represented by Foreign Minister Frederick Shava.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here. 



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Publish date : 2022-09-23 07:53:00

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