Kenyan teacher arrested for spreading fake news on teachers’ boss

A male teacher who authored a Facebook post using a fake account purporting to be that of the Teachers Service Commission and alleging that the commission's Chief Executive Officer was dead has been arrested.

Jeremiah Mwavuganga Samuel, 31, a teacher at Musiini Primary School in Makueni County was arrested yesterday at the county's Makutano Shopping centre in Nzaui.

His pursuit and subsequent arrest followed an extensive forensic analysis to identify the suspect, a joint operation shouldered by DCI Email and the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau detectives.

Upon his arrest, Mwavuganga - who has been a teacher at the said school for four years - was found in possession of the handset used in creating the viral post. The Facebook account used was also confirmed to be his.

The suspect, born and raised in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County was escorted to DCI Headquarters where appropriate charges are being preferred ahead of his arraignment Monday, January 24.

The DCI passes a stern warning to those who misuse social media platforms by authoring misleading messages, aimed at causing abject humiliation, blackmailing, defrauding and any such information that is punishable by law.

“Such contemptible conducts will be investigated and perpetrators brought to book,” said the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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