No, this photo does not show firearms found in the house of a Kenyan governor

A photo claiming to showcase a cache of firearms retrieved from the homes of one of Kenya's governors was widely circulated on social media this week. A reverse image search reveals that the photo shared in the Facebook post originated from the New York Police Department (NYPD) after an operation carried out in April this year.

The post dated November 14, 2018, appeared after police raided the governor’s two homes, recovered several guns and arrested him.

The governor, Zachary Okoth Obado, represents Migori county in the western Nyanza region and is currently facing trial for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend.

The photo shared on two Facebook pages with a total of more than 800,000 members, displayed sniper guns and other rifles purportedly recovered from Obado’s homes.

A caption accompanying the image on the misleading post read: “These are the WEAPONS which were found in the homes of Governor Okoth Obado at Migori and Nairobi. Is this guy a CROCODILE, sorry a terrorist?”

Screenshot of Facebook post claiming to showcase the firearms retrieved from the house of a Kenyan governorScreenshot of Facebook post claiming to showcase the firearms retrieved from the house of a Kenyan governor

According to a reverse image search on Google and Yandex search engines, the picture was first taken when NYPD raided the home of Ronald G. Drabman, 60, who was found in illegal possession of the firearms.

NYPD tweeted the picture in question after the raid in April 2018.

Screenshot of NYPD's tweetScreenshot of NYPD's tweet

On  November 15, 2018, Kenya's director of public prosecution confirmed that Obado was being held for possessing three firearms and ammunition without valid certificates.

Obado denied the charges when he appeared in court the same day.

Mary Kulundu