No, the image shared by Senator Cherargei does not depict the current situation in Nairobi CBD, despite the ongoing Azimio protests on July 12, 2023.
Despite the limited access of protesters into the city, most businesses in Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) have opted to remain closed due to concerns about potential violence during the protests organized by Azimio leader Raila Odinga.
The image shared by Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei was taken in 2019 and is being misrepresented to falsely suggest that the Central Business District (CBD) is currently calm and bustling amidst the ongoing protests. The senator further claimed that the protests are limited to Luo Nyanza region, expressing his desire for salvation from what he perceives as Raila Odinga’s influence in the area.
The Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) remains bustling and active as usual, even amidst the ongoing countrywide Azimio protests.
The iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has fact-checked this content and established that it is False.
To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. A reverse image search has confirmed that the photo was indeed captured by Mark Ojal after the redevelopment of Luthuli Avenue in May 2019. It was later featured on the Stockholm Environment Institute’s website on September 20, 2019.