An image of a convoy of cars is part of a tweet published on October 4 on Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale’s Twitter account and is supposedly meant to show what happened at a political rally held on the same day in Nairobi’s Githurai area.
Text on the senator’s tweet suggests that Senator Khalwale, who was part of a political entourage that included Deputy President William Ruto, Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and other MPs attracted a lot of supporters which “brought Githurai to a standstill”.
This image was also shared on a tweet posted on Senator Muthama’s account.
Lately, political rallies in Kenya have attracted large crowds despite the threat of masses contracting COVID-19. Piga Firimbi previously published an article highlighting political leaders’ disregard for measures against COVID-19 while holding political campaigns.
This is while the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health Mutahi Kagwe on October 18 warned that Kenya is “without doubt” heading for a second wave of high COVID-19 infections. There has been a surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, which according to CS Kagwe began after President Uhuru Kenyatta relaxed some of the COVID-19 measures. As of October 19, Kenya had recorded a total of 45,076 COVID-19 cases and 839 deaths. Check our COVID-19 tracker for current information.
Senator Khalwale’s tweet contains two images, one showing a crowd of people surrounding cars- which was also published on the deputy president’s Twitter handle, and another showing a long convoy of cars on the road.
While the image that contains a crowd is indeed from the October 4 rally in Githurai, the image showing a convoy of cars on the road is not.
A Google image reverse search reveals that the image with a convoy of cars is actually from 2018. The image was featured in articles published on the News Beezer and Kenyans websites on November 15, 2018 showing a convoy of cars in Eldoret Town, transporting the Late Paul Teigut’s body from the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for his funeral in Turbo Constituency.