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Kenyan politicians Ruto and Mudavadi in outfits endorsing rival Odinga? No, image altered

On 5 February 2022, the Kenya Kwanza political alliance led by deputy president William Ruto held a political rally in Kwale county, wearing Mijikenda traditional dress.

The next day, an image showing Ruto and Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi standing side by side with their traditional regalia printed with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga’s face went viral.

Odinga is their rival for the presidency in Kenya’s upcoming general elections, set for 9 August. Below his face is printed “THE 5TH”, implying that Odinga will be the country’s fifth president.

“Ni kama wamekubali,” one user captioned the image. That’s Kiswahili for: “It seems they have accepted.” The image has appeared on a Facebook group with more than 99,000 members.

But did Ruto and Mudavadi really wear outfits endorsing Odinga? We checked.


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Using a reverse image search, we quickly found the original, unaltered photo – and Odinga’s face is not on their clothes.

Mudavadi posted it on Facebook and Twitter on 5 February.



While the viral image shows the pair in Swahili clothing known as “kanga” printed with Odinga’s face, the original photo shows them in plain black traditional attire. The image has been altered.

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