The Kenyan opposition politician Babu Owino has praised the crowd that attacked the vice president William RutoMotorcade with stones in Kondele, Kisumu County, on November 10, 2021.
At least that’s what it looks like in a picture that appears to be a screenshot of a Facebook post with the name of the politician posted on Facebook himself.
“Kondele Defense Forces (KDF) would like to thank Jeshi la Baba, led by Joachim Oketch, for the good work. Baba’s bedroom must be protected from Taka Taka!” the screenshot is. It has Facebook’s blue verification badge next to Owino’s name.
The next parliamentary elections in Kenya are scheduled for August 2022. The main candidates for the presidency are Ruto and Raila Odinga, a former prime minister and leader of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
Odinga is commonly referred to as “Baba”. The people of Kisumu – in the picture “Baba’s bedroom” – have long supported the former prime minister in elections.
Owino is a member of the ODM and MP for the Embakasi East constituency in Nairobi County.
Africa Check has already exposed a false viral claim that a year old photo shows Joachim Oketch, a local politician from Kisumu, as part of the crowd stoneing Ruto’s motorcade on November 10th.
“Taka taka” is Kiswahili and means “garbage”.
Kondele is a district in Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city and the capital of Kisumu County. There are no “Kondele Defense Forces” – this is an ironic reference to the stone-throwing crowd.
But did opposition MP Owino really post this message praising the crowd on Facebook?
Cannot find message
Africa Check searched Owino’s verified Facebook page for the news but found nothing. An advanced search of him verified twitter page also for tweets from November 9th to 12th did not return a result.
Owino posted the screenshot on November 11th Twitter and Facebook with a two-word comment: “FAKE ACCOUNT”.
FAKE ACCOUNT pic.twitter.com/ouoTjEFnxF
– Babu Owino (@HEBabuOwino) November 10, 2021
The screenshot is fake.