FACT CHECK: Does this photo show a rally for Kenyan Vice President William Ruto?

A picture shared on facebook purportedly shows a massive crowd attending a rally for Kenyan Vice President William Ruto in May.

Verdict: False

The image is captioned. The photo was taken in 2015 and shows football fans, according to the photographer who took the photo.

Fact check:

Ruto, who leads the Kenya Kwanza coalition, is a candidate for president in Kenya’s upcoming presidential election, according to Espanol. He recently unveiled a manifesto promising to invest in agriculture and small businesses if he wins the presidency, Bloomberg reported.

A May 29 image shared on Facebook purports to show a large crowd, many dressed in yellow, gathering in support of the presidential hopeful. “Ruto to Narok yesterday…UDA team,” the post read. Narok is a region of Kenya that borders Tanzania.

The caption is incorrect. The same photo appears for sale on a German website which identifies it as showing the crowd at a football match which took place in 2011. /12 season (final score: 3:1)”, reads in the image caption. The photo is attributed to German photographer Reinaldo Coddou H.

“This photo is mine and has nothing to do with this caption,” Coddou said in an email to Check Your Fact. “This shows a football crowd in Dortmund, Germany in 2011.”

The photo also appeared in a 2017 article by Italian media outlet L’eco Di Bergamo, which identified the stadium as Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany. (RELATED: Was Kenyan Vice President William Ruto Pictured Meeting Joe Biden?)

This is not the first time misinformation has spread online about Ruto. Check Your Fact previously debunked a viral image which showed him smiling next to the body of deceased former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.

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