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Massive crowd of Kenyan deputy president Ruto’s ‘chronic supporters’ in Meru? No, photo from Vietnam

A photo of a huge crowd massed on each side of a road as a long convoy of vehicles drives by has been posted on Facebook with the claim it shows Kenyan deputy president William Ruto’s grand entrance into Meru county.

“Hustler nation spreads faster than fire on Tsavo forest,” reads the caption of the photo, posted on 17 October 2020. “This Meru county Maua area. Over 900,000 ground chronic supporters of powerful force in Africa Dr. William Ruto along the road.”

Ruto, who uses the slogan “hustler nation” in his campaign for the 2022 presidential election, was in Meru county on 17 October, where he addressed locals. But does the photo show the deputy president driving into the county?

Funeral procession in Vietnam

A reverse image search brings up clearer versions that show the people in the photo are mostly not black

One of the images leads to a YouTube video uploaded on 3 October 2014. The photo is a still from the video, which is titled, in Vietnamese: “Vĩnh Biệt Đại Tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp.4-10-2013.” This translates as: “Farewell to General Vo Nguyen Giap. 4-10-2013.”

The video is described as showing the funeral procession of General Vo Nguyen Giap as recorded at Xuan Thuy Street in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. General Vo Nguyen died on 4 October 2013, aged 102 years. He was buried on 13 October 2013.

Other photos of the event also appeared in Vietnamese media. It’s clear the photo shared on Facebook doesn’t show Ruto in Meru on 17 October 2020. – Dancan Bwire


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