Photo of queuing people is from South Africa, not Ruiru in Kenyan election

By Eunice Omollo

Kenyans came out in millions to cast their votes on August 9 2022. Polls opened at 6am, and queues quickly formed.

Excited voters shared photos of polling stations where voting was under way. Kenya’s election commission has gazetted 46,229 polling stations for the election.

One Twitter user shared an image of an apparent polling centre in Ruiru, Kiambu County. The image was captioned: “ The turn out is massive.Tuko hapa Ruiru.William RUTO is taking this thing by 8pm.”

We did a reverse image search of the picture shared on Bing and Google images. The Google search led us to the image shared on the Getty Images website

The photograph was taken by Marco Longari, a photographer with the French news agency, Agence France-Presse, in 2020.  It shows South Africans in the capital city, Pretoria queueing up for hampers that included food and hygiene products during the Covid-19 pandemic in May 2020. The photo was not taken in the Nairobi suburb of  Ruiru.

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