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No, screenshot and image fake – Kenyan deputy president Ruto didn’t welcome his wife to his political party

Whenever a politician joins Kenyan deputy president William Ruto’s political camp, he posts the announcement on his Facebook and Twitter pages, with a photo.

But a screenshot of one such Facebook post caught social media attention. It seems to show Ruto shaking the hand of Rachel Chebet Ruto – his wife.

“Earlier today, I welcomed the newest UDA member Mama Rachel Chebet Ruto, who decamped from Tangatanga Women League. Karibu nyumbani,” the caption reads. The Kiswahili means “welcome home”.

The UDA is Ruto’s United Democratic Alliance. Kenya is set to hold elections on 9 August 2022.

But is the screenshot of a real Facebook post by Ruto? We checked.

Fake Ruto FB post

Image altered

It will be unlikely for Ruto to welcome his own wife to the party as she does not participate in politics.

A reverse image search of the photo reveals that he posted it on Twitter and Facebook on 18 March.

It did not show Chebet. It is instead Jane Kagiri, a candidate for the position of Laikipia county women representative. The image has been altered, with Chebet’s face replacing Kagiri’s

The original photo was among others Ruto posted when he met several election candidates from the county.

He captioned them: “Had consultations with the leadership aspirants from Laikipia County including Jane Kagiri (Women Rep), Gubernatorial candidate Joshua Irungu, John Kinyua (Senator) and Jane Putunoi.”

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