• July 24, 2024

FALSE: Photo is not of ex-Kenyan President Uhuru enjoying village life after retirement

The picture is from July 2021, when the retired president was serving his second term.

A Facebook post with a photo claiming to be of former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoying village life after retirement is FALSE.

The 29 September 2022 photo features Uhuru outdoors with three people.

The image is accompanied by the caption, “Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoying life in the village.”

Kenyatta vacated office on 13 September 2022 and handed over to President William Ruto.

But is the photo of the former president enjoying life in the village after retirement?

We performed a reverse image search on the photo and established that it was first published in July 2021, when Kenyatta was serving his last term in office.

Kenyatta had visited a development project in Gakoe, Gatundu North constituency.

The persons featured in the photo are villagers who bumped into the then president during his visit to the project.

The ex-president hails from Ichaweri village in Gatundu South constituency, Kiambu County.

PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post with an image purportedly of former President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoying village life after retirement and finds it to be FALSE.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Fact-Checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck Senior Copy Editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.


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