Does This Image Show Francis Atwoli as Claimed?

This post claims that COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli was spotted hiding from the public after Azimio’s defeat in the recently concluded 2022 general elections. The same claim was made here and here.

Background

On August 18, 2022, just days after the presidential results were announced, Francis Atwoli broke his silence

Verification

The image is from arrests made by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on March 19, 2019 at Barclays Kenya, Queensway Branch. 

In a video uploaded by K24 on March 20, 2019, the man can be seen escorted out of Barclays Bank by detectives after officials stormed the building and found the stashed counterfeit currency. The suspect, covered with a green carrier bag over his head, was later identified by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as Mohammed Ijaz Ahmed Shah. See screen grab below.

Verdict

Claims that Francis Atwoli is the man with a green bag over his head are FALSE.

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Thomas Mukhwana

Thomas Mukhwana is a broadcast journalist and fact-checker. He is passionate about storytelling, sustainable development and policy in the African context.