Does This Image Show Raila Odinga in Gatanga?

In response to a post by Deputy President William Ruto’s aide, Dennis Itumbi, a tweet shared on July 27 claimed to show an image of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Gatanga Constituency, Murang’a County.

The tweet further claims that the image that shows a large crowd surrounding Raila’s entourage is as a result of Gatanga residents supposedly demanding that Raila addressed them on the morning of July 27, 2021.  A replica of this tweet, containing the same text and image was published on another tweet on the same day (see screenshot below).


Piga Firimbi recently debunked a fake poster claiming to show Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i allegedly bidding for the 2022 presidential seat with Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru said to be her running mate. Such claims appear to be on the rise as Kenya draws closer to the 2022 general elections.

In a similar fashion, an analysis of Uganda’s 2021 general elections was done by Africa Uncensored and found to have been influenced by misinformation that was generated by government entities such as the Ministry of Communication. Find this report titled ‘Uganda In Crisis: The Documented Misinformation’ here. In another report on ‘Kenya’s Keyboard Warriors‘, Africa Uncensored unveils the use of social media to stir political tension online.


Upon running a reverse image search of the photo claiming to show Raila in Gatanga on July 27, Piga Firimbi found that the image is actually from October 2020 on a rally that was actually held in Kawangware, Nairobi County.
The image was published on Raila Odinga’s Twitter account on October 4, 2020 in a post where he said that he had been to Kawangware that afternoon.
The image is also featured in an article published on the People Daily news website on October 5, 2020. The caption attached in the article reads: “ODM leader Raila Odinga addresses the public in Kawangware, Nairobi, after attending Church Service at United Christian Ministries in the area.”


Posts claiming to show the image of Raila Odinga in Gatanga Constituency on July 27, 2021 are FALSE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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