Obama’s father was Kenyan economist Barack Obama Sr. The country is set to hold general elections on 9 August 2022.
In the video, the former president warmly describes his connection to Kenya.
He then says: “After the turmoil of five years ago, you have worked to rebuild communities, reform institutions and pass a new constitution.
“Now Kenya must take the next step, in March, with the first elections under your new constitution ... Kenya must reject intimidation and violence and allow a free and fair vote. Kenyans must resolve disputes in the courts, not in the streets.”
But does the video really show Barack Obama talking about Kenya’s 2022 elections?
Message from 2013, after 2007 election violence
Its description reads: “In a video message, President Barack Obama tells the people of Kenya that the upcoming elections are a historic opportunity for Kenyans to stand together, as a nation, for peace and progress, and for the rule of law.”
The video is miscaptioned. Peace is needed in Kenya’s 2022 elections, but Obama’s video asking for an end to election violence is nine years old.
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