IN SHORT: Political figures in Kenya are often targeted by impersonators. Two accounts pretending to post on behalf of Nyeri county governor Mutahi Kahiga are examples of this.
Facebook accounts in the name of Nyeri county governor Mutahi Kahiga have appeared on Facebook, claiming to show the governor's daily activities and whereabouts.
Most of the content posted on these Facebook accounts using Kahiga's name is uncharacteristic of what one would expect from a governor's social media account or page.
Typically, a governor's Facebook account in Kenya shows his or her daily official engagements and whereabouts.
Africa Check has exposed several such Facebook accounts and pages in the past.
So, are these two accounts really run by Kahiga? We checked.
Ignore fake accounts
For details of Kahiga's authentic accounts, Africa Check contacted Carol Nderi, the county's director of communications.
Nderi confirmed that two Facebook accounts – Governor Mutahi Kahiga and Mutahi Kahiga – are the governor's personal accounts. The Facebook page H.E. Mwalimu Mutahi Kahiga, EGH is his official Facebook page and has 65,000 followers.
Content posted on Kahiga's official page includes his official engagements and the various ongoing development projects in the county. He posts more personal news and views on his personal pages. But the Facebook accounts advertising gambling, weight-loss pills or instant cash are impersonations, and should be ignored.
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