Mdoe: Don’t be hoodwinked by social media posts linked to me


Veteran news anchor Swaleh Mdoe has clarified that he is a subscriber of Twitter only, and not other social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat among others.

Fake Facebook accounts have mushroomed after Mr Mdoe trended online last week, when he revealed that he was undergoing a financial crisis.

The administrators of some of those fake accounts created kitties, urging members of the public to contribute toward financially stabilizing Mr Mdoe.

“Let me categorically state that I am not a user on Facebook or any other social media platform besides Twitter. All the claims you are reading on social networking platforms, allegedly posted by me, are false. Those posting the messages are con people,” Mr Mdoe told eDaily.

Mr Mdoe, who steered a discussion on the computers and cybercrimes bill 2017 on Citizen TV on Monday, February 19, said he “so much” wanted the bill to morph into law so that those impersonating him online can be brought to book.

The computers and cybercrimes bill 2017 was gazetted on June 16, 2017. It provided for a notice of the Computer and Cybercrimes bill which seeks to provide for offences relating to computer systems; to enable timely and effective collection of forensic material for use as evidence, and facilitate international co-operation in dealing with cybercrime matters; and for connected purposes.

This meant that the process of having a fully-fledged law dealing with Cybercrime in Kenya was on the way and we should expect the stand-alone law soon.

The purpose of such publication was to notify the public and invite comments through the elected MPs or direct submission of memoranda and petitions to the Parliament.

The Kenyan Constitution expects any law making process to have engagement through public participation.


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