“Happening now” reads the caption of a photo shared in a Facebook group in Kenya with over 1 million members.
The photo, posted 6 March 2021, shows Kenyan deputy president William Ruto in a black suit chatting with opposition leader Raila Odinga in a checked blazer.
The two political rivals have been at loggerheads following the political truce between Odinga and president Uhuru Kenyatta which gave birth to the Building Bridges Initiative, a national unity and reform drive.
But was there a surprise meeting between Ruto and Odinga on 6 March and was it captured in the photo on Facebook?
Ruto in Meru, Odinga in Nairobi
Odinga was at his home in Karen, Nairobi, meeting a delegation from Narok county.
There were also no media reports of any meeting between the two and it wasn’t mentioned on their social media channels where they inform the public of their engagements.
Old photos, taken in January 2015
Africa Check looked at different photos of Odinga and Ruto meeting to determine when and where the photo was taken.
We found the photos on Ruto’s Facebook page, posted on 7 January 2015.
“Paid a visit to former prime minister Raila Odinga, his wife Ida Odinga and widow of the late Fidel Odinga, Lwam Getachew Bekele, to console with them at their Karen home,” read the caption.
The photo of William Ruto and Raila Odinga was not taken in March 2021 but is from January 2015.
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