IN SHORT: Soon after Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga suggested he would call for a boycott of certain products and services, to protest president William Ruto’s government, a photo of broken eggs started circulating on social media. But there’s no evidence this is the vandalism of Odinga supporters.
One caption reads: “This is a Luo woman struggling to sell eggs and put food on the table for her children. But this guys that demostrares in kisumu DESTROY all her eggs in Kisumu because Raila has ORDERED Luos not to eat eggs!” The user then asks Kenyans to “shun” politicians.
Odinga has called for countrywide protests, beginning 20 March 2023, to force Ruto’s government to address the high cost of living and the reconstitution of Kenya's electoral commission, among other grievances.
The photo went viral just after Odinga hinted on 10 March that he would order his supporters to boycott products and services from companies thought to be aligned to Ruto’s government. Ruto is famously a chicken farmer and his egg business instantly became a subject of discussion after Odinga’s statement.
But does the photo show eggs destroyed by Odinga supporters? We checked.
While the photo went viral in Kenya on 10 March just after Odinga said he would encourage a boycott, a reverse image search of the photo reveals it was online as early as 22 January 2020. It was then posted as a reply to a tweet by news agency Reuters about an unrelated story.
We found no evidence the photo of broken eggs was taken in Kenya or that the eggs had been broken by the supporters of any Kenyan opposition leader.
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