FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show A Recent Protest In Kenya?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on social media purportedly shows footage of a recent violent antigovernmental protest in Nairobi, Kenya.



Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The video dates back to 2022.

Fact Check:

Hundreds of Kenyan protesters broke into the farm of former president Uhuru Kenyatta, stealing sheep and resulting in the closure of nearby businesses, BBC News reported. Ralia Odinga, the country’s opposition leader, had called off protests against President William Ruto after stating that he was willing to re-engage in negotiations, AlJazeera reported.

The Twitter post allegedly shows protesters clashing in the streets of Kenya throwing rocks at each other. The recorder of the video looks on while reacting to the scene before a rock makes contact with someone below.

“Nairobi is looking ugly, this cannot continue for two days, we need quick remedy to this Mayhem even if it means dialogue,” the caption reads. “It has to be done real quick and very quickly. Stone thrown using a Sling is like a bullet. Please restrain and don’t put yourself on that path.”

This footage predates the current protests. A reverse image search reveals the video dates back to Aug. 2022 when rival gangs clashed after a community football game in Democratic republic of Congo. (RELATED: No, This Image Does Not Show A Mugshot Of Donald Trump)

Yahoo News reported that the gang related violence took place in Lingwala municipality in the Lukunga district of Kinshasa. Israël Mutombo, a journalist on the ground, reported that 17 were injured and one was killed during the fight.

This is not the first time misinformation regarding political events in other countries has spread online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Vladimir Putin was arrested.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter


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