Raila UDA Tshirt fake
The photo was altered from its original form taken while Raila Odinga was attending the Kipkeino Classics

A photo of ODM party leader and Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga donning a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) branded T-shirt and hat has been manipulated.

The photo shared in some Whatsapp forums shows Raila Odinga, a presidential candidate in the 9th August 2022 general elections, in a white UDA branded T-shirt and hat. The image has been doing rounds on WhatsApp in the past two weeks.

UDA is the party that Deputy President, and now President-elect, William Ruto used to vie for the presidency. Mr Odinga vied for the country’s top seat on the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya alliance ticket and came second in the results announced by IEBC chairman, Mr Wafula Chebukati.

Investigations by Business Today revealed that the photo was altered from its original form taken while Raila Odinga was attending the Kipkeino Classics, a one-day-meet athletics championship event, held on 7th May 2022. In the original image, Mr Odinga is seen in a white T-shirt with the branding of the “Kipkeino Classic 2022” event. The Kipkeino Classic athletic competitions took place at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, on 7th May 2022.

In fact, the photo has been the subject of a fact-check before, when it was flagged as altered on 29th July. The original photo is credited to Nedyken, a photography agency owned by Kennedy Amungo.

It is this photo, which Amungo also shared on his Facebook page, that was edited using photo-editing software by replacing the Kipkeino Classics 2022 logo on the T-shirt with the UDA logo.

Pesacheck, a reputable fact-checking organisation, ran the photo through Fotoforensics, which confirmed that the image had been altered.

Raila in UDA Tshirt
In this original image, Mr Odinga is seen in a white T-shirt with the branding of the “Kipkeino Classic 2022” event.

The hat that Raila Odinga is wearing in the original photo also does not have the UDA branding as claimed and is plain white.

Odinga also posted other images while at the Kipkeino Classics 2022 on his Facebook page where he is seen wearing the same white shirt and hat.

Business Today has reviewed this image and finds it to be manipulated.

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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