ALTERED: Image said to be of Citizen TV referring to Raila Odinga as a Bondo resident is doctored

Written by on December 13, 2022

The Royal Media Services has disowned the image.

A Facebook post purportedly showing Citizen TV referring to Raila Odinga as a Bondo resident is ALTERED.

The post reads: “From prime minister to mkaazi wa Bondo[] Weeeeh[][][][][][][][][][][][][][] Citizen TV Kenya [][][][][][].”

The image has Citizen TV’s branding and describes Odinga as ‘Mkaazi, Bondo’, which is Swahili for a Bondo resident.

Bondo is a town in Siaya County of Kenya, from which Odinga hails.

A look through the broadcaster’s YouTube page indicates it is a video of Odinga’s address on 3 November 2022, with images that match the one in question. The original clip, however, does not have the description in the claim.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was addressing the media on extrajudicial killings in the country.

The title reads: “Raila demands ‘transparent, inclusive public inquiry’ into disappearances and extrajudicial killings.”

To further authenticate the claim, PesaCheck contacted Philip Mwaniki, the Digital Editor at Royal Media Services (RMS), the company that owns Citizen TV, who dismissed it as “Fake”.

PesaCheck has looked into a Facebook post purportedly showing Citizen TV referring to Raila Odinga as a Bondo resident and finds it to be ALTERED.

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.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck Fact-Checker Peris Gachahi and edited by PesaCheck Senior Copy Editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck managing editor Doreen Wainainah.

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