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Military parades in Uganda and Kenya? No, post muddles up origins of photos

A post on a popular Kenyan Facebook group page uses two photos to unfavourably compare Kenyan military parades with those in Uganda.

The first photo shows lines of officers in black uniforms marching in step before a huge crowd of civilians, with military vehicles behind them.

The second photo is of an elderly man in uniform, awkwardly holding a rifle. Uniformed officers can be seen in the background.

“Ugandan army Parade matching vs Kenyan army parade,” the caption reads.

India, not Uganda

But a reverse image search for the first photo reveals that it’s actually from India. It was taken in New Delhi on 26 January 2017.

The photo is available for download on the India government’s Press Information Bureau website. Here the caption reads: “The National Security Guard (NSG) Marching Contingent passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on January 26, 2017.”

It also appears on the website of the Indian prime minister’s office.

Uganda, not Kenya

A reverse image search for the second photo traces it to the verified Twitter account of Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni. He was inspecting a guard of honour during the country’s 56th Independence Day celebrations.

“Presided over the 56th Independence Day celebrations. With what the NRM government has done in education, health, security, roads and electricity, Uganda is now unstoppable,” Museveni’s tweet reads. – Dancan Bwire


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