For three days after leaders from across the country led Kenyans in viewing his body lying at the parliament buildings. And an image showing deputy president William Ruto walking past the body with a huge grin on his face started doing the rounds on Facebook.
“An evil man is known by his deed's,” reads one caption to the image. “We are mourning as a nation, especially us kikuyus and Terrorist Guarantor couldn't hide his joy while viewing The late Mzee Mwai Kibaki body. Remember same Ruto caused the 2007 bloodshed of our people.”
In 2007, disputed elections plunged Kenya into ethnic violence.
But is it real? We checked.
No smile in original photo, videos
And videos we found of Ruto viewing the former president’s body to not show him smiling at any point.
The image has been altered.
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