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Raila caught up in controversial video after Azimio rally in Wajir

In the video shared online, the Azimio La Umoja presidential hopeful is purported to have used a political slur, madoadoa

Azimio La Umoja presidential aspirant Raila Odinga with Dr Adan Keynan during a campaign rally in Wajir County on March 9, 2022

Azimio La Umoja presidential aspirant Raila Odinga was on March 9 campaigning in Wajir County alongside prominent leaders from the region.

Mr Odinga has long enjoyed political support from the North-Eastern region along with its leaders and it is perceived as one of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party's strongholds.

Following the former Prime Minister's rally on Tuesday, a video surfaced online which seemed to indicate that the presidential hopeful used the controversial political slur, "madoadoa".

Madoadoa, a Swahili word meaning 'spots', became a derogatory term after Kenya went through the 2007/2008 post-election violence. The term had been used to incite ethnic communities to turn against members of other communities in metropolitan towns across the country.

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The 11-second clip has caused an uproar among political commentators online with some citing that Meru Senator Mithika Linturi was arrested for using the term. Others defended use of the term suggesting that Mr Odinga was not referencing tribe, but political factions.

The former Prime Minister was later summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over the use of the term.

Fact-checkers recommend that social media users learn how to spot fake videos and avoid sharing them because they have often been used to spread political propaganda in Kenya.

Sometimes fake clips may have certain sections where the audio does not match the movement of lips or the sound is delayed.

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The video may also contain multiple instances of what video editors refer to as 'jump cuts', indicating that the footage may have been cut a re-edited.

Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata, in September 2021, was also caught up in a similar implicating video where it is purported that he had attended a Parliamentary session in breach of house rules on virtual participation.

Mr Kang'ata denied claims that he logged into a Senate session from popular Nairobi cathouse, Sabina Joy, and discredited a widely shared video in which it seemed that he had attended a Senate sitting virtually from the bar.

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While defending himself, he noted that the fake video defamed his character as a father and caused embarrassment to his family.

Kang'ata added: "Today it is me, tomorrow it is another Senator and the dignity of this house will be impugned. Mr Speaker please seize this opportunity to call those editors to appear before the Powers and Privileges Committee of this house and take remedial actions because once they picked up that story, they gave it legitimacy. You have the power to punish those media houses."

On his verified Twitter handle, Senator Kang'ata threatened to sue Citizen digital, Kameme FM and K24 which had not taken down the manipulated video, which they later did.

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