In a tour of Isiolo county on 13 February 2021, Kenyan deputy president William Ruto encountered a hostile crowd of young people chanting slogans in favour of president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Building Bridges Initiative, which proposes changes to the constitution.
“William chased in isiolo like burkenge hadi longi ikapasuka viatu vikabaki. Nawaambianga huyu jamaa ako popular in Eldoret North pekee na hamskii,” the caption reads.
The Kiswahili loosely translates as: “William chased in Isiolo county like a monitor lizard resulting in torn trousers. His shoes survived. I always tell you this man is only popular in Eldoret North.”
Eldoret is a town northwest of Nairobi.
But does the photo show Ruto after the encounter in Isiolo? We checked.
Different clothes, more than a decade before
The photo has been online for 13 years.
A reverse image search reveals it was first published on 23 September 2007, during campaigns for that year’s general election. It appears in a report that Ruto had been attacked by young people in the South Mugirango constituency the day before.
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