A photo of Deputy President William Ruto with a gun in church was altered and is thus fake.
One of the Facebook users who shared the image captioned it thus: “A gun on one hand and a Bible on the other, that is how our forefathers lost their freedom, their land and it took blood to regain it, 60 years on, we have a terrorist guarantor who never misses a verse to quote.”
A fact-check by Business Today revealed that the deputy president, who actively updates his Facebook and Twitter, attended St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Lang’ata, Nairobi, and shared several images taken while in the service.
The photo has no pistol, a clear indication that the image circulating online has been altered with the gun being superimposed on it. The same image has also also been flagged by Africa Check, a fact-checking organisation.
VERDICT: An image showing Deputy President William Ruto with a gun in church has been altered.
[This story was produced by Business Today in partnership with Code for Africa’s iLAB data journalism programme, with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie ]