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The Truth Behind Raila's Witchdoctor Viral Photo Finally Revealed

A viral photo purporting to show ODM leader Raila Odinga dressed as a sorcerer's regalia has been tampered with.

The image, which first appeared on social media in early September, has been widely shared on WhatsApp and Telegram groups.

Raila is dressed as a sorcerer in the photo, with feathered headgear, ornaments around his neck, and a walking stick. Claire Cheptoo, a Facebook user, shared the photo with some emojis while claiming it is Raila.

AnkoGeof also shared a photo with prescriptions that read, "Every serious leader from every corner of this planet has come out to tell their people on how to remain calm and responsible during this difficult time of corona."

By the time this fact-check was published, the post had received 60 comments, seven shares, and 54 reactions.

The photo surfaced just a day after Raila denied allegations made by his political opponents that witchdoctors were harmless.

Using online search tools, the Standard desk determined that the original image was captured in 2006 during a cultural event in Mali.

Original photo

The Festival Sur Le Niger is an annual celebration of tribal traditions and cultures held on the banks of the Ségou River in Mali. Participants dress up in traditional attire to honor their ancestors.The person in the original image is the Chief of the Donsow Community and not Raila Odinga as claimed.

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