Facebook and Twitter posts have shared an image of Raila Odinga Junior, the son of veteran Kenyan politician Raila Odinga, wearing a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) shirt. Users allege that he supports UDA, the party of his father’s political opponent, Deputy President William Ruto. But the claim is false: the image has been digitally altered to add the party logo.
The image was published on Twitter on December 16, 2021, on an account with more than 8,000 followers.
A screenshot of the false tweet, taken on January 11, 2022
Odinga, who announced in December 2021 that he would make a fifth bid for the presidency in Kenya's general elections scheduled for August, is expected to run against Ruto.
“This is Raila's son With UDA merchandise (sic),” the Twitter post says.
But AFP Fact Check found that the image has been digitally manipulated: the original photo does not show Raila Junior wearing a shirt with ‘UDA’ written on it.
Image of Odinga and son
“Always learning, always ready... Azimio la Umoja here we come,” he wrote in the caption. Azimio la Umoja is the name of the coalition party Odinga is using to run for presidency.
Screenshot of original photo shared by Raila Odinga Junior on his official Twitter account, taken January 11, 2022