Video shows Kenyan president speaking at memorial last year, not after 2022 election

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A Facebook post viewed thousands of times claims to show Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta’s first public address since the country’s elections on August 9, 2022. However, the claim is false; the video is old and was taken months before the recent polls. As of August 31, 2022, Kenyatta had not publicly commented on the results of the election.

On August 27, 2022, nearly two weeks after Kenya's electoral body announced deputy president William Ruto as the president-elect, a Facebook post shared a video of Kenyatta addressing the public in Swahili.

A screenshot of the false Facebook post, taken on August 31, 2022

In the video, Kenyatta talks about the need for respect when governments transition from one president to the next.

"Respect is not slavery," he says. "The arrogance that we see in today's leadership raises many questions as to the future of this country."

He then gives examples of how former presidents have transitioned cordially despite political differences.

In his speech, he mentions Kenya's second president, the late Daniel Arap Moi, who served as vice president to his father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, who was the first head of state.

The video is captioned: "H. E Uhuru Kenyatta opens up for the first time after elections”. The caption also includes a link to an unrelated YouTube video.

The same claim circulated on Twitter here and here.

However, the claim that Kenyatta was speaking after the election is false.

Video predates election

By searching on Google for the keywords “Uhuru speaks about Moi”, we located a longer version of the clip published by broadcaster NTV Kenya last year, on February 14, 2021.

The report was filmed during Moi’s memorial service. After serving as vice president, he ruled the country between 1978 and 2002.

This is contrary to the claim that the video was taken after the August 2022 polls.

On August 9, Kenyans voted in six elections, choosing a new president as well as senators, governors, lawmakers, women representatives and about 1,500 county officials in the polls.

Since the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati announced Ruto as the winner of the presidential elections, all eyes have been on Kenyatta, who was supporting his deputy’s rival, veteran politician Raila Odinga.

However, Kenyatta has remained mum, with only his press office reporting that he promised religious leaders, who he met privately last week, “that the process of transition will be smooth”.

Odinga, 77, has challenged the presidential election results at the Supreme Court. The hearing is ongoing.

The country’s top court has until September 5, 2022, to give a ruling.

AFP Fact Check previously debunked a similar claim purporting to show Kenyatta addressing the public after the elections but using a different old video.

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