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ALTERED: This photo of Raila Odinga donned in police gear and carrying a gun is doctored

By Bonface Onsongo

This tweet with a photo depicting Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga  donned in police gear and carrying a gun is ALTERED.

The photo posted on 12 July 2023  was  accompanied by a text reading “Commander in chief of non gazetted Barracks…”

Mtaani Radio’s fact-checking desk performed a Google reverse image search to confirm the photo’s authenticity. The results established that the original photo does not feature Raila dressed in police attire or carrying a gun.

The original image was shared on Raila’s verified Facebook page on 10 July 2023. The Azimio la Umoja- One Kenya coalition leader stated that he was on his way to board public transport to work.

Other photos shared alongside the image in question depicted Raila boarding public transportation while interacting with other commuters.

“I had a meeting with a team of ODM ladies in Nairobi CBD, so I caught a matatu and alighted at Ambassador. I thank them for the invitation,” reads part of the text accompanying the image.

This fact-check was published by Mtaani Radio with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.

Kamadi Amata
Kamadi Amata
I am a digital content creator with niche in Health, politics, and Human Interest Features.

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