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Gachagua is not in the original image.
An image shared on Facebook purporting to show Kenyan Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in a tracksuit behind President William Ruto and King Charles III has been ALTERED.
The image depicts Gachagua in a yellow tracksuit, a blue cap, and sneakers, seemingly walking behind Ruto and King Charles III, both dressed in suits. The image has an accompanying post partly in Swahili that translates to: “Riggy G wants to take the king on a morning walk.”
But is the image legitimate?
The image, shared on 31 October 2023, comes during King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s visit to Kenya.
The Royal couple was received at State House by Ruto, First Lady Rachel, and Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, among other dignitaries.
A Google reverse search to ascertain if the claim image exists does not yield any results.
However, a keyword search on X (formerly Twitter) yields numerous posts about the visit. One such post is from Kenyan news outlet Citizen TV, which shared an image of Ruto with the British monarch. This image, notably clearer and in the broader shot, shares similarities with the photo under our scrutiny, except for Gachagua’s appearance.
Further, according to media reports, Gachagua has been out of the country on an official visit to Belgium and Germany, which began on 24 October 2023. Gachagua was expected back on the evening of 31 October 2023.
PesaCheck has looked into an image shared on Facebook purporting to show Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua in a tracksuit behind President William Ruto and King Charles III and found it to have been ALTERED.
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.