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FALSE: This video isn’t of Kenyan President William Ruto warning Raila Odinga

The original video is of President Ruto cautioning cattle rustlers in the North Rift region.

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This TikTok post with a video supposedly of President William Ruto warning Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga is FALSE.

In the video captioned ‘Ruto strong warning to Raila’, the President says: “Mambo ni matatu, uhame Kenya, uende jela ama usafiri uende mbinguni. Hakuna maneno ingine. Lakini maneno hapa ya kuzungukana hapa ati utaleta hio kisirani, hakuna.”

This loosely translates to; “There are three options; you either leave Kenya, go to jail, or travel to heaven. There are no other options. But, issues of going around causing disturbance, that’s not possible.”

The video was also shared on Facebook herehere and here.

But is it authentic?

Google reverse image search on a keyframe from the clip led us to a Nation Africa video indicating that President Ruto was addressing cattle rustlers, not Odinga.

Nation Africa published the video on its YouTube channel on 25 August 2023, but the timestamp on the clip indicates that it was shot the day before (24 August 2023).

The video was taken in Kabartonjo, Baringo County, as the President oversaw the issuance of title deeds.

The original video starts with the President saying: “Hio maneno ya wizi hapa haitaendelea. Kama wewe ni mwizi wa ng’ombe (The issue of cattle rustling here will not continue. If you are a cattle thief….) after which he makes the remarks in the video under investigation.”

The video was also published on President Ruto and State House Kenya’s Facebook pages. (Start at 1:07:10)

PesaCheck has examined a TikTok post with a video supposedly of President William Ruto issuing a warning to Azimio la Umoja-One coalition Kenya leader Raila Odinga and found it 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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