“Chaos at Kasarani Stadium after a snake slither its way through VIP Gate B moments after Raila Odinga arrived for his rally. Reports of several injured supporters have sufficed,” a typical version reads.
The messages come with two photos as proof of the claim. One shows a snake slithering on well-cut grass. The other shows what seems to be a stampede of people. Some versions of the messages use a different second photo, of the Odinga rally.
But did a snake really disrupt Odinga’s rally? And do the photos show the incident? We checked.
Snake on UK golf course in 2014
It appears in an article on the website Kent Online, dated 10 August 2014. Here its caption reads: “The snake spotted on the 14th hole at Southern Valley Golf Course in Thong Lane, Gravesend.”
Stampede in Nairobi’s Kibera slum in 2020
On the AP website, the photo’s caption reads: “Residents desperate for a planned distribution of food for those suffering under Kenya's coronavirus-related movement restrictions push through a gate and create a stampede, causing police to fire tear gas at a district office in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.”
We reviewed footage of Odinga’s rally and there was no stampede.
For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false
A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?
Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.Publishers guide
Africa Check teams up with Facebook
Africa Check is a partner in Meta's third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.
The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.
You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.