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No, photo of Kenyan deputy president Ruto reading upside-down Bible is doctored

A photo of Kenyan deputy president William Ruto reading from a brown book with the words “HOLY BIBLE” upside down on the cover has been circulating on Facebook in February 2021.

“Have you wondered why William Samoei Ruto reads the Bible upside down?” one user asks.

Another says the photo shows that Ruto quotes “non-existing biblical verses... because he reads his bible upside down”.

But was Ruto really snapped reading from an upside-down Bible? We checked.


Photo from 2019 – and altered

Using a Google reverse image search, we found the photo in a March 2020 news article on the website Tuko. And here Ruto is holding the Bible the right way up.

The photo was posted on Ruto’s Facebook page on 10 November 2019 – again, with the book the right way up. The photo of Ruto holding an upside-down Bible has been doctored.

Africa Check recently reported on another doctored photo that seemed to show Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga reading an upside-down Bible.

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