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Ignore Facebook account claiming to offer freebies in the name of Kenyan governor Gladys Wanga

IN SHORT: The governor of the western Kenya county is not giving away loans. She has one verified Facebook account and says others using her name are fake.

Kenyan politician Gladys Wanga, who serves as the governor of Homa Bay County, is giving out loans.

That’s according to a Facebook post published by the account Hon Gladys Atieno WangaFacebook insert

It reads: “Good morning my brothers and sisters, if you wish to join boda boda business,tuk tuk business, mitumba clothes business or you need emergency loan kindly inbox me your number name and location.”

The post features photos showing motorbikes, bales of popular second-hand clothes known as mitumba and the three-wheeled motorised transport known as Tuk-Tuks.

In a now-deleted post, the account also claimed that the governor was giving away interest-free loans and motorbikes among other freebies. 

Homa Bay county is in western Kenya near Lake Victoria.

But are these giveaways legit? We checked.

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Ignore fake account

Wanga's official page is Governor Gladys Wanga. It is verified by Meta, has 381,000 followers and was created on 30 May 2016.

The account in question has only 1,900 followers and no “about” information. 

Wanga is unlikely to have two Facebook pages, using one solely for freebies.

On 27 May 2023, the governor warned the public against scammers promising loans and money in her name. 

"WARNING: FRAUDSTERS ALERT Please note that the page below and any other Facebook page purporting to give loans or money in my name is FAKE. I only have a VERIFIED Facebook page," she wrote.

The Facebook account claiming to belong to the governor and offering loans and other freebies is fake.

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