The coalition is led by Raila Odinga, head of Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement and a presidential candidate in the 9 August general elections. Odinga has the backing of current president Uhuru Kenyatta.
Odinga’s rival for the top job is deputy president William Ruto, leader of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) and the Kenya Kwanza coalition.
A summary below adds: “SHUGHULI ZA KUKATA MITI ZAENDELEA SUGOI BAADA YA KARUA KURARUA UDA.” This translates as: “Tree cutting activity is going on at Ruto’s Sugoi home after Karua tears apart UDA.”
Atwoli said Odinga would deliver a “humiliating” defeat to Ruto in the presidential election. “Cut down all trees,” he reportedly said. “Let no tree be available as [Ruto] might commit suicide on the evening of August 9. Cut down the trees.”
But did NTV Kenya report that “tree cutting activity” was underway at the deputy president’s home after Narc-Kenya joined his rival’s coalition? We checked.
‘Unscrupulous loggers’ in Uganda
A reverse image search of the photo in the screenshot, of a worker cutting down a tree, reveals that it’s almost 10 years old and not from Kenya. It was first published in a July 2012 article on the New Humanitarian website.
Here its caption reads: “Unscrupulous loggers are cutting down forests indiscriminately in Uganda.”
The screenshot is fake.
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