The photo went viral just hours before Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance had won the 9 August presidential election.
Atwoli is a close ally of Raila Odinga, head of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition and Ruto’s main rival for the presidency. The trade union boss publicly confronted and mocked Ruto during Odinga’s campaign.
But does it really show Atwoli leaving Kenya in August 2022? We checked.
Atwoli still in Kenya
On 12 August, the day the photo first appeared on Facebook, Atwoli posted it on Twitter, stamped as “FAKE”.
“Somebody using my old photo while arriving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, five years ago,” he tweeted.
Atwoli has not left Kenya.
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