Busted for Mandela photoshop fail

KATIE KENNY
Last updated 09:21 11/12/2013
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BEST BUDDIES: Mike Sonko "pictured" with the late Nelson Mandela.
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SEEM FAMILIAR?: Nelson Mandela with boxer Muhammed Ali, photographed some years ago. For real.

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As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, one Kenyan politico is clearly upset to have missed out on a photo opportunity with the anti-apartheid hero.

Heads of states, celebrities and members of the public have been showing off pictures with Mandela since the former South African leader's death on December 5.

Not wanting to be left out, Senator for Nairobi Mike Sonko posted a photo of himself in the arms of Mandela on his  Facebook page.

But it didn't take long for him to be busted, thanks to some dodgy pixelation.

Internet sleuths quickly found the original image, which was of a grinning Mandela with heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali.

Both images went viral across social networks, with some commentators called Sonko an attention-seeker and disrespectful, while others admired his creativity and character.

One user on image-sharing website Imgur.com sarcastically suggested Mandela suffered "an acute form of depixelization".

Mike Sonko was elected as an MP in 2010 but was kicked out of Parliament while serving for wearing earrings and sunglasses.

He was elected senator for Nairobi in 2013, and has come to be seen as an icon of youth empowerment and a fighter for the rights of poor people in Kenya.

This isn't his first photoshop scandal. In October, Sonko claimed that images of him with another politician, Rachael Shebesh, in bed, were photoshopped.

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