No, the photo shared for comparison between Kenya’s First Lady, Rachel Ruto, and Uganda’s First Lady is not of Uganda’s actual First Lady, but of Ugandan feminist Nyanzi.
Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan medical anthropologist, writer, and activist, is the lady in the first image, not Uganda’s first lady. On the other hand, the second photo features Kenya’s First Lady, Rachel Chebet Ruto. She holds this esteemed title as the wife of William Ruto, who currently serves as Kenya’s fifth President.
The image was shared to compare Uganda’s and Kenya’s first ladies on August 29, 2023, when Kenyans faced off against their Ugandan counterparts in a Twitter battle.
Janet Kainembabazi Museveni holds the position of Uganda’s First Lady, a role she has fulfilled since 1986. She is married to President Yoweri Museveni.
Images comparing Uganda’s and Kenya’s first ladies
The iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has fact-checked this content and established that it is Misleading.
To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. We performed a reverse image search on the lady featured in the first photo, leading us to an article dated March 19, 2020, published by The Guardian, a reputable British daily newspaper. According to the article, the individual in the photo is Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a prominent Ugandan feminist, academic and writer. The image captures a moment when Dr. Nyanzi was leaving court in February. This occurrence followed her confinement of nearly 16 months inside Uganda’s Luzira prison. Her imprisonment was a result of composing a poem on Facebook that centered around Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s mother, specifically referencing sensitive subject matter.