The photos were taken on 13 October 2023, a day after Ruto graced the Turkana cultural festival.
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This Facebook post with photos supposedly of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya leaders joining President William Ruto for the 2023 Turkana cultural festival is PARTLY FALSE.
The images show a group of Kenyan opposition-allied leaders led by Martha Karua walking away from what appears to be a flight hangar.
“Azimio leaders led by Martha Karua have arrived at Kalokol Airport to join President Dr. William Samoei Ruto for the Turkana cultural festival (Tobong’u Lore.) Gideon Moi not attending,” reads the post.
The 2023 Turkana cultural festival was held in Lodwar from 12 to 14 October.
But is the post authentic?
George Wajackoyah, one of the leaders in the photos, shared a similar image and indicated that it was taken on 13 October 2023 at Wilson Airport, Nairobi.
We searched for Wilson Airport on Google Maps and found a photo with a similar background to the image under investigation. This confirms that the opposition leaders were photographed at Wilson, not Kalokol Airport.
Photos shared on the verified ODM party Facebook page show the leaders arriving in Lodwar, Turkana.
The same post features the images of the leaders at Wilson Airport. A comparison of the images at Kalokol and Wilson Airport shows a visibly distinct background.
The Azimio la Umoja leaders attended the Turkana cultural festival on 13 October 2023, a day after the president officially opened it.
The opposition leaders joining Ruto for the festival would have made headlines in the country, however, a Google search did not yield any credible story on the claim.
PesaCheck examined a Facebook post with photos supposedly of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya leaders joining President William Ruto for the 2023 Turkana cultural festival and found it PARTLY 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.
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The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.