FALSE HEADLINE: Video contains no information on Raila Odinga threatening to blow up the country

Written by on December 13, 2022

The video is a compilation of the images of Odinga and Ruto, with a narration of the president’s response to the politician on the cost of living.

YouTube video claiming to show Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga threatening to blow up the country has a FALSE HEADLINE.

The video’s headline, which is partly in Swahili, translates to: “I will blow up Kenya and there’s nothing anyone can do.”

The statement is attributed to “angry Raila” and the headline further reads: “Raila and Karua causes panic” [sic] with the cover image being a photo of the former prime minister.

However, the 4:18 minute-long video is a montage of images of President Ruto and Odinga, accompanied by a Swahili narration.

The narrator makes reference to a statement by Ruto during the launch of the Thiba Dam in Kirinyaga County on 15 October 2022, in response to Raila’s remarks on the high cost of living.

In the video, the narrator quotes the remarks by the president, telling off Odinga, and saying the former premier should not “lecture us on sustainable living”.

PesaCheck reviewed the entire video and found no information on the statement attributed to Odinga as claimed by the headline. Instead, the audio is based on Ruto’s remarks in his response to the former prime minister.

PesaCheck has looked into a YouTube video claiming to show Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga threatening to blow up the country and found it to have a FALSE HEADLINE.

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 Harriet Ogayoand 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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