Video of Odinga conceding election to Ruto is doctored

By Eunice Omollo

Hours after the declaration of the president elect – William Ruto by IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati, there were speculations on what the ODM party leader had to say. 

On the day the election results were declared, a video showing  Raila Odinga conceding an election was shared on Twitter. “Finally Raila Odinga, concedes defeat,” one user posted on Facebook.  The same video was also shared on Twitter.

We used the InVid WeVerify tool to verify the video. The KeyFrames tool led us to images indicating the footage was taken when Raila Odinga was Prime Minister. This means it was taken between 2008 and 2013.

In particular, a thumbnail from a video published by the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation in April 2011, shows that the blue pattern in the background was from the Prime Minister’s office, as evidenced by the lectern in the video

We also searched the words that Odinga speaks in the video:“it is my hope that the incoming government will have fidelity to our constitution.” 

This search led us to a video posted by AFP in March 2013 after the disputed 2013 election results. The occasion was also photographed by the French news agency.

Both video and photos show Raila Odinga, the outgoing Prime Minister in 2013, conceding the election to Uhuru Kenyatta, not William Ruto. The video was edited.

In any case, Odinga has spoken up, challenging the outcome of the election.

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