IN SHORT: Wafula Chebukati has been under a harsh spotlight following the country’s tightly contested August 2022 polls. The losing side sought to portray him as a criminal, including through manipulating this image, but the supreme court’s upholding of the election result will have given him a measure of vindication.
On Twitter, the image was captioned “To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace”, with the hashtag “arrestChebukati”.
Kenyans voted in general elections on 9 August 2022. The frontrunners for the presidency were president-elect William Ruto of the United Democratic Alliance and Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition.
The image was posted on social media just days after Odinga accused Chebukati of failing to conduct a free and fair election. Odinga’s lawyers told the court that the chair should be charged in court for bungling the elections.
But is the image authentic? We checked.
A reverse image search of the image reveals that it was first published in 2017 during Kenya’s previous general elections.
The original photo showed prisoners at a jail in Kisumu county in the west of the country lining up to vote.
It showed an unidentified man holding a national identity card and not Chebukati holding a card saying “voter fraud”. The original photo has been digitally manipulated to imply he is a criminal.
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