IN SHORT: As Raila Odinga, ally of Kenya’s fourth president Uhuru Kenyatta, was challenging the election win of confirmed fifth president William Ruto, a photo appeared online with the claim it showed Kenyatta moving out of the presidential residence. But the photo was snapped nine years ago, when Kenyatta first moved into State House.
Kenyatta, in turn, replaced third president Mwai Kibaki, who was in office from 2002 to 2013.
“This is STATE HOUSE,” reads one caption to the photo, posted on 4 September. “It has FINALLY DAWNED on UHURU KENYATTA that he has to agree with CUBE MOVERS on MOVING WITHOUT TEARS!!”
Cube Movers’ slogan is “Move without tears.”
But the caption may also refer to the petition against the 9 August election results by Kenyatta’s ally Raila Odinga, Ruto’s main rival for the presidency. On 5 September, the supreme court rejected Odinga’s petition.
“Pale State House kuna mtu anahama,” another of the photo’s captions reads, in Kiswahili. This translates as: “It looks like someone is moving house at State House.”
Kenyatta has indeed moved out of State House. But does the photo really show the move in progress?
Photo snapped on day of Kenyatta’s first inauguration
The photo does show a Cube Movers truck at State House – but in 2013, not 2022.
“So proud to be part of this amazing day #inagurationke here is one of our trucks leaving state house,” the post reads.
Another online search returned a different photo of the same scene on 9 April 2013.
Larry Madowo, then an NTV Kenya journalist who now works at CNN, tweeted a shot of two Cube Movers trucks, with this caption: “Moving company trucks leaving State House Nairobi ahead of Uhuru Kenyatta's inauguration.”
The photo was taken in April 2013, when Kenyatta took over the Kenyan presidency from Kibaki.
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