Are These Images Related to Kenya’s Recent Elections?

Two images surfaced on the internet hours before the country’s next president was declared. In this tweet, the first image was captioned with claims that police officers had been deployed to Rigathi Gachagua’s home in Mathira. The other, also a tweet, claimed to show residents of Eldoret town after IEBC’s announcement.

Background

Constitutionally, elections in Kenya take place on the second Tuesday in August, every five years, unless stated otherwise. Within seven days after, the presidential results are then announced. August 15, 2022 was such a day for Kenya.

On August 9, 2022, Kenya went into its general elections. An election which saw four candidates contest for the top-most seat. By close of business, August 15, 2022, Kenya had known their next president to be Dr. William Ruto before this announcement was later challenged at the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Verification

A reverse image search on TinEye led to this article by Standard Media.  The deceased lost control of his motorbike. The Standard however attributes this image to a presidential escort at the Bomas of Kenya in 2017. See screengrab below

The second image on the other hand dates back to October 12, 2019. In another article by The Standard Media, this one was taken in Eldoret as earlier claimed. However, the difference is the timing and context. This was during Kipchoge Keino’s 1:59 INEOS challenge. See screengrab below

Verification

While these images portray different events ahead of IEBC’s declaration on August 15, 2022, they have NO relation to this year’s general elections. 

This fact-check was produced by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

Add comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *