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Tanzanian president Suluhu at Kenyan deputy president Ruto’s office during 2021 state visit? No, photo snapped at 2019 summit in Uganda

Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu visited Kenyan deputy president William Ruto during her recent trip to Nairobi, claims the caption of a photo posted on Facebook on 5 May 2021. 

“Pale Karen , ofisi ya DP Ruto : HE 5th President of Kenya , Dr William Ruto meets with Tanzania's president , Suluhu,” it reads in a mix of Kiswahili and English.

This roughly translates as: “At Karen, the office of deputy president Ruto: his excellency the fifth president of Kenya, Dr William Ruto meets with Tanzania’s president, Suluhu.”

The photo shows Suluhu holding a sculpture next to a smiling Ruto. He remains deputy president, but is likely to run for the presidency in Kenya’s 2022 elections.

Suluhu arrived in Kenya on 4 May for a two-day state visit, during which she addressed a joint sitting of parliament. Suluhu and her host, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, held bilateral talks in a bid to strengthen relations between the two countries.

But does the photo show Suluhu visiting Ruto’s office in Karen, a suburb of Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, in 2021? We checked.


Africa Now Conference 2019

A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo first surfaced online on 13 March 2019 when Ruto shared it on his official Twitter account.

Ruto posted a series of photos and captioned them: “During a meeting with Tanzania Vice president Samia Suluhu in Kampala, Uganda. #AfricaNow19.”



The photos were taken during the 2019 Africa Now Conference in Uganda, which was attended by leaders from across the continent.

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