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Outsmarted Ruto faking rally photos, videos to show popularity

Outsmarted Ruto faking rally photos, videos to show popularity

By John Kamau, editor, (

United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate, William Ruto has run out of tricks after Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua’s wave in Mt Kenya and among the womenfolk disoriented him.

Ruto, who was relying on Mt Kenya vote bloc to ascend to presidency, was left speechless after Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga picked the forceful Karua as his running mate.

There are reports Ruto fainted that Monday morning when Raila unveiled Karua as his running mate.

Not only has Karua run away with almost half of the votes in Mt Kenya, she has also received the support of the majority of women voters, meaning Ruto is left with about a third of the voters.

And now a cornered Ruto has resulted to faking photo rallies and videos to deceive his supporters that he is still the front-runner in the presidential race.

The lid was lifted by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho when he accused the Deputy President of manipulating images of his political rallies to create a false perception.

Speaking on Citizen TV, Kibicho said the images shared by Ruto’s campaign team are photo-shopped and do not reflect the real situation on the ground.

The PS gave an example of a rally in his hometown of Kagio in Kirinyaga where the turnout was not as depicted in the images shared by Ruto’s team.

“There are people who will make noise and do all sorts of photo-shopping…I saw a photo of my town Kagio that has one road that three vehicles cannot pass side-by-side. But their images showed their rally had a crowd of about 2 kilometres wide on the same road,” Kibicho explained.

“That is perception creation that is very far from facts.”

Kibicho claimed that unlike Ruto, ODM leader Raila Odinga enjoys authentic support across the country. He claimed this is backed by data from the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

“We don’t deal with that perception. We deal with facts. We assess what the facts are saying on the ground. They are saying different things from the noise.”

According to Kibicho, Raila will win the August polls in round one by 60 per cent of the votes cast.

The PS also rubbished claims that there is a plan to rig the elections.

“What we are seeing is a situation where people start playing victims, creating a perception. You have all these things of rigging. What these people are trying to do is to set the stage. This is not the first time we are seeing this,” he said.

“There is no rigging whatsoever. There can’t be because this is a government led by President Uhuru Kenyatta who believes in rule of law and democracy. Everyone knows that unless they are pretending,” Kibicho added.

To add insult to injury, a doctored video and a poster have emerged online purporting that former US President Barrack Obama has endorsed Ruto ahead of the August 9 General Election.

The video and the poster first went viral on Tiktok insinuating that the former US President unveiled a huge portrait of Ruto, thus throwing his support behind his candidature in the upcoming polls.

But a spot check by leading media houses established that the video is doctored and manipulated to mislead the electorates ahead of polls.

The spot check further revealed that the text on the poster had grammatical errors and the colours on the banner do not match thus making it fake. 

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