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FALSE: These photos are not of anti-government protests in Kenya on 7 July 2023

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The photos are either old or unrelated to the Saba Saba protests.

These tweets with images supposedly of Saba Saba anti-government protests in Kenya’s MeruNairobi and Kitale towns are FALSE.

Saba Saba (Seven Seven) is symbolic and refers to the date 7 July. It was first commemorated in Kenya in 1990, when demonstrations were held against single-party governance.

Ever since, Kenyans have used Saba Saba to protest and raise grievances against the government.

In the run-up to 7 July 2023, the opposition announced it will hold countrywide protests against the high-cost of living on Saba Saba day.

But are these photos related to the 2023 Saba Saba anti-government protests?

The first post had two photos supposedly of the situation in Meru town.

We performed a Google reverse image search and established that the pictures are from protests at Maseno University and Kibera respectively.

The second post has the picture of a military tanker and a building on fire.

The text accompanying the image reads: “Situation write now at Nairobi CBD. KDF has taken charge (Sic)”.

Google reverse image search shows that the photo was taken during the Romanian revolution that happened in December 1989.

The final post has an image purportedly of a protest scene in Kitale town.

By performing a Google reverse image search, we found that the photo is from India and it was taken in May 2023 at Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh after a military plane crashed in the area.

PesaCheck has examined tweets with photos supposedly of the 2023 Saba Saba anti-government protests in Kenya’s Meru, Nairobi and Kitale towns and found them to be FALSE.

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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