Part of a leader’s escort at the Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre in Nairobi ahead of the IEBC’s announcement on the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI
Part of a leader’s escort at the Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre in Nairobi ahead of the IEBC’s announcement on the presidential election, August 11, 2017. /MONICAH MWANGI

An image shared online is wrongly captioned to indicate that there were Presidential outriders at Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua’s home on August 15, 2022.

The image was shared online ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Presidential race in Kenya’s 2022 General Elections held on August 9, 2022

Gachagua was the running mate of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party leader William Ruto, and at the time the image was shared online, the winner of the Presidential race had not yet been declared.

According to a reverse image search on Google, the image was taken on August 11, 2017, by Monicah Mwangi, ahead of the announcement of the Presidential results.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced the Presidential results on Monday, August 15, 2022.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced William Ruto as the winner of the 2022 Presidential election in Kenya. This is after verification of Forms 34B from all 291 constituencies.

Ruto received 50.49% of the vote, a total of 7,176,141 votes, defeating Azimio la Umoja Candidate Raila Amolo Odinga – a former Prime Minister and veteran opposition leader who was making his fifth trial at the Presidency. Odinga received 6,942,930 votes representing 48.5% of the vote.

The outriders, under the Presidential E****t Unit in the National Police Service are tasked with providing security and protection to the President, provide security to the First Family, provide security to the retired Presidents, provide security to the Deputy President, provide security to visiting Heads of State and Governments and also provide security to any other VIP as may be directed by the Inspector-General.

This fact-check was produced by BUSINESS TODAY with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck, African Fact Checking Alliance network and the United Nations Development Programme.

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