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FALSE: This image is not of a Kenyan police vehicle on a boat headed to Haiti

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The image was taken in Lamu County, not Haiti, as claimed

This Facebook post with an image supposedly of a Kenyan police patrol vehicle being ferried on a boat to Haiti is FALSE.

“Kenya police heading to Haiti,” reads the post accompanying the image.

The image was shared in the wake of the United Nations Security Council’s approval of Haitian government and civil society representatives’ request to deploy a multinational security support operation to the country on 2 October 2023.

The request follows months of chaos in Haiti. Kenya’s National Police Service will be part of the peacekeeping mission, as stated by the President of Kenya. A reverse image search locates a similar image in a Facebook post shared on 31 January 2022 by The description does not indicate where the image was taken.

However, the news platform also posted the image on X (formerly Twitter) on the same day with a description indicating that it was taken in Lamu County, an island.

Another social media user posted the image in 2020, while a different user shared a similar picture captured from a different angle in 2017.

Going by the available evidence, the image is old and was taken in Lamu.

It also precedes Kenya’s peacekeeping mission to Haiti, which was yet to commence by the time of publishing this article.

High Court ruling temporarily halted the deployment of the Kenyan police to Haiti. Additionally, the executive arm of the Kenyan government currently awaits the approval of the National Assembly on the matter.

PesaCheck has examined the image claiming to show a Kenyan police patrol vehicle being ferried on a boat to Haiti 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 senior fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze.

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

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

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