“Moi Day State House party 1992. Mr. Ruto and Musalia Mudavadi dancing and celebrating the fruits of independence,” reads one caption.
Moi Day was a Kenyan public holiday celebrated on 10 October every year to honour former president Daniel Toroitich arap Moi.
Another caption reads: “So when baba was fighting for democracy in 1991,Dp Ruto was busy dancing in the Statehouse.Very sad.”
“Baba”, Kiswahili for “father”, is an affectionate name for Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement.
Ruto and Odinga are running for the presidency in Kenya’s upcoming elections, set for 9 August 2022.
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It was published on the UK Guardian website on 20 October 2017 with a French caption: “Dansez le Twist, 1965”. This translates as “Dance the Twist, 1965”. No other description is given.
We have found no instance where the photo is said to show Kenyan politicians.
Ruto born in 1966
On Facebook, a red circle is drawn around one man in the photo to indicate that he is Ruto. But the deputy president was born in 1966, so he would have been just a year old when the photo was taken. And Mudavadi was born in 1960, so he would have been five.
As for Odinga, he was 20 years old and was probably in school, having been born in 1945. According to Britannica, Odinga earned “a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in East Germany in 1970” and was politically active “in the 1970s and ’80s”.
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