FACT CHECK: Evidence On Why Some Of The Photos Shared By The DCI Are Fake

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is on the spot after some of the photos of suspects alleged to have been behind the chaos and violence during anti-government protests turned out to be false accounts.

Following this, Citizen Digital embarked on an extensive search of the images shared.

A reverse image search revealed that an image of a protester hurling a stone was first published by the Financial Times on January 10, 2018.

The DCI had however posted the protester’s image, linking him to the Monday demonstrations.

Fake Photos

Further searches on the images shared (on the third frame below) revealed that another image shared on the DCI’s Twitter handle purporting to be those from Monday’s demos showed that the images were from protests in Burundi.

In a photo shared by CNN on May 1, 2015 the protesters in Burundi are seen jumping over a burning barricade as they demonstrate after then president Pierre Nkurunziza was designated by his political party CNDD-FDD to run for the 2015 presidential election. The photo was also shared by AFP on May 2, 2015.

Another image shared by the directorate was published by German state-owned broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) on August 16, 2022.

The DCI had shared the image alongside several others in the aftermath of the picketing as seen on frame two.

Besides this, the DCI also shared another image (on the second frame below), even though it was shared back in October 17, 2017 following the government ban on demonstrations in Kenya.

The government had banned demos after the National Super Alliance (NASA) scheduled protests in the Central Business Districts of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

According to the DCI, during the Monday protests led by Azimio party leader Raila Odinga, property of unknown value was destroyed while a total of 33 officers suffered injuries of various degrees and are currently hospitalized.

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