IN SHORT: A photo of a man digging up the road is once again doing the rounds in Kenya, with the claim that it was taken in Kericho. This is not true. The incident took place during protests in South Africa in 2020.
“Hatukuli barabara watu Wa Kericho wamekataa,” the user captioned the photo in Kiswahili. It has attracted over 9,000 comments.
This translates to: “We do not eat roads. The people of Kericho county have rejected it.”
Kenyans cast their ballots on 9 August, where they elected William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance as president.
Mudavadi supported Ruto’s presidential bid and was the leader of Amani National Congress.
At the time of him using the phrase “hatukuli barabara”, he was telling then-president Uhuru Kenyatta that while his infrastructure developments were welcomed, citizens needed food more.
Kericho county is about 200 kilometres from the capital Nairobi and is dominated by the Kalenjin community. The county mostly voted for Ruto, who is also Kalenjin, and it would be surprising to see them protesting against him.
But was this photo taken in Kenya? We checked.
Protest in South Africa
While such apparent vandalism would most likely have been covered by Kenyan mainstream media, we found no such reports.
And a reverse image search revealed that the photo was not taken in Kenya.
It was published by several South African news websites in September 2020.
The photo was not taken in Kenya in 2023, but shows an incident in South Africa in 2020.
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