This image shows Ugandan police blocking the entrance to Kizza Besigye’s home in 2016. Photo/Courtesy
This image shows Ugandan police blocking the entrance to Kizza Besigye’s home in 2016. Photo/Courtesy

This tweet with an image purporting to show officers blocking the road to Deputy President William Ruto’s home is false.

The image surfaced online a day after Kenyans voted on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, with Twitter user Jim Spire Sentogo alleging that “Ruto had put under preventive a****t”.

According to a reverse image search on Google, the image dates back to May 2016 when Uganda’s opposition leader Kizza Besigye was put under house a****t.

Besigye, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party was placed under house a****t after announcing a ‘defiance campaign’ against the government a day before Uganda’s general elections in 2016. The photo is of a police blockade outside Besigye’s home in Kasangati, Uganda.

On Sunday, August 14, 2022, Ruto held a church service at his Karen residence, alongside his running mate Rigathi Gachagua and other leaders allied to his Kenya kwanza Alliance.

The image purporting to show a police blockade outside Ruto’s home is false.

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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