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MISSING CONTEXT: This video doesn’t show a verbal exchange between DP Rigathi Gachagua and Okiya Omtatah in July 2023

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The video is of a 2019 interview when Rigathi was the Mathira Member of Parliament.

This video on Twitter and Facebook supposedly featuring a July 2023 verbal exchange between Kenya’s Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah is MISSING CONTEXT.

In the video, Gachagua accuses Omtatah of being used by politicians to file anti-government cases in court.

Gachagua and Omtatah were elected deputy president and Busia senator, respectively, in the 9 August 2022 general elections.

We performed a keyword search on YouTube to confirm the video’s authenticity and established that the clip is from a June 2019 K24 TV interview.

At the time, Gachagua was the Mathira MP while Omtatah was a human rights activist.

The debate was on new-generation Kenyan notes and whether they should have portraits of prominent people. The notes were launched by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta on 1 June 2019.

Omtatah had filed a petition in June 2019 challenging the inclusion of former President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s image on the new Sh1,000 note.

Google search for 2023 interviews featuring DP Gachagua and Omtatah yielded negative results.

PesaCheck examined a video on Twitter and Facebook supposedly featuring a July 2023 verbal exchange between Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah and found it to be MISSING CONTEXT.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck fact-checker Rodgers Omondi and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

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

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