FALSE: Video does not show Kenyans demonstrating against the Ruto-Rigathi administration
Written by admin on December 12, 2022
The demonstrators are digital taxi drivers protesting against e-hailing companies.
A tweet claiming to show a video of Kenyans demonstrating against President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s administration is FALSE.
“Demonstration in town against President Ruto and Gachagua,” the tweet claims.
A video of people demonstrating on the street purportedly against the Kenyan administration is attached to the post.
But were these anti-Kenyan government demonstrators? We checked.
Listening closely to the video, we established that the protesters were chanting “Uber must go”.
The video we are fact-checking is a TikTok one, posted by an account with the username ‘naff590’. We searched for the username on TikTok and came across the original video.
In the original video, a woman says “Huku ni NTSA. Tumefika ama hatujafika?! Mulisema tutapigwa teargas. Uber must go. [This is NTSA. Haven’t we arrived?! You said we will be tear gassed. Uber must go]”. The crowd joins in chanting “Uber must go”.
A large group is outside a building holding placards, blowing whistles and vuvuzelas, with vehicles hooting in the background.
Citizen TV shared a similar video on 27 October 2022 in which the protesters are heard saying “Uber must go”. The video also shows a banner written: “Commissions above 18% are illegal. Uber and Bolt breaking the regulation 2022”.
In the video, a man who identifies himself as Ombongita Patrick, the Nairobi branch DPS chairman, addresses the media in Swahili. The chairman explains that drivers working with Uber, Bolt, and Little Cab had congregated to air their plight, citing payment of a hefty commission to the taxi companies.
Next to Ombongita is a man holding an orange placard written: “NTSA DG do your work”.
In addition, the text accompanying the video reads: “Demonstrations by Digital Taxi Operators at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) Headquarters”.
On 27 October 2022, drivers operating on digital taxi platforms went on strike to demonstrate non-compliance with the transport network companies they use.
The drivers demanded that digital taxi companies lower the commissions they charge from 25–30 per cent to 18 per cent. On 30 October 2022, Uber and Bolt cut their commissions to 18 per cent.
PesaCheck has looked into a tweet claiming to show a video of Kenyans demonstrating against the administration of President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, and finds it to be FALSE.
This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.
By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.
The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.