Business tycoon Jimi Wanjigi has broken his silence about claims on social media that he will deliver a jet to Eliud Kipchoge.
Speaking on phone, Mr. Wanjigi lauded the marathoner for making Kenya proud but revealed that the post on Twitter was not from him.
“It is a fake account, it has nothing to do with me but we are proud of Eliud Kipchoge for what he has done for the human race and for Kenya in particular,” he told Citizen Digital on Saturday.
His lawyer Willis Otieno added that the businessman has no social media accounts meaning that both Twitter pages —@Jimmywanjigi1 and @JimiWanjigi—are fake.
The statement was in response to a controversial tweet that was published after Kipchoge made history in Vienna on Saturday.
It reads: “Congratulations!! You have done us proud #Eliud159. Plans are underway with @GulfstreamAero, the jet will be deliver to #eliudkipchoge before 29th November 2019.”
A section of Kenyans online had responded to the tweet lauding Mr. Wanjigi for the gesture while a few questioned the authenticity of the account.
A previous post from the same account on October 9 claimed that Mr. Wanjigi had called Kipchoge and made a deal.
Generating and spreading fake news on social media in Kenya attracts a jail term of at least five years or court fines that run into millions of shillings.
The Computer and Cyber-Crimes Bill 2018, signed into law last year, spells out stiff punishment for those found guilty.
It deals with false publication, cyber espionage, child pornography, cyber terrorism, wrongful distribution of obscene or intimate images as well as unauthorised access, interference, interception and disclosure of passwords.
This is not the first time that Mr. Wanjigi’s name has been used on social media to spread fake information.
In March this year, a fact checking organization sounded the alarm over a fake Facebook post that linked the businessman to the Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal.
“PesaCheck has looked into the alleged front page story linking Jimmy Wanjigi to the Arror and Kimwarer Dam scandals and finds it to be a HOAX,” the report said.
A year before that, the businessman sued the Nation Media Group over the publication of a fake obituary on February 7, 2018.
The High Court awarded him Ksh. 8million after ruling that the publication violated Wanjigi’s privacy.
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