Over the past two weeks, residents of Uasin Gishu who are members of Facebook forums have been fed on fake news.
A barrage of stories aimed at tarnishing the name and reputation of billionaire business mogul Kiprop Bundotich, also known as Buzeki, have since been dismissed as mere propaganda, but the matter has been forwarded to the police for investigation and a search for the culprits behind the scam has began.
It is believed that the cartels run by governor Mandago’s campaign team, who are under instruction to flood social media with fake information against Buzeki, are behind the same fake news.
Here is a screenshot of the fake story doing rounds on social media and some of the people spreading them (though their names are alias accounts, their real identities have been established and forwarded to the National Cohesion and Integration Commission as well as the police).
Priscilla Kolongei, a former hostess with the Kenya Airways airline, has since come out in a video to condemn the act and is seeking legal redress to ensure the perpetrators of this acts are brought to book.
In a statement shared widely with the press, Priscilla regrets that governor Mandago and his team would stoop to such low levels in a bid to gain favor with the electorate and cleared Buzeki of any wrongdoing or connection to the drug trafficking activities, which she was involved in, that led to her imprisonment.
The NCIC is currently following leads and will soon announce the arrests of the culprits involved.
Governor Mandago has come under sharp criticism recently over his tribal remarks in the demonstrations against Prof Laban Ayiro’s appointment to Moi University as Vice Chancellor.
He has also been consistently in the news over corruption, the most recent one being the unexplained expenditure of over Ksh 4.5 billion as recorded in the Auditor General’s report from 2013 – 2015.