Cherera Addresses Controversial Facebook Account Bearing Her Identity

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    IEBC Vice Chairperson Juliana Cherera during an IEBC briefing at the Bomas of Kenya on Monday, August 1, 2022.
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  • Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Vice Chairperson, Juliana Cherera, has dismissed social media accounts purporting to be hers.

    Cherera stated that she does not own any social media accounts and that the pages on Facebook and Twitter are impersonators.

    The accounts, mostly on Facebook and Twitter, cropped up bearing her name and posting messages touching on the disputed election results.

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    Cherera was quoted by Citizen, dismissing all these accounts, adding she has since taken action against them.

    “I am not on social media. All those Facebook and Twitter accounts are fake and I have reported them to the relevant authorities,” she stated.

    Cherera was among four IEBC commissioners who disowned results that declared Deputy President William Ruto as the president-elect.

    The four rejected the outcome of the August 9 presidential election claiming that IEBC Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati, gave them a wrong aggregation of the results.

    Cherera stated that they declined to acknowledge the results because the accuracy of the source of the figures tallied was not comprehensive.

    She maintained that the results did not indicate the total number of registered voters, voters cast and rejected votes in this regard and they lacked a critical ingredient naming a total number of total votes cast.

    Fake accounts have been a problem in the run-up to the just concluded election and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), established a unit to monitor and track hate speech on social media platforms.

    NCIC vice chairperson, Wambui Nyutu, confirmed that the unit is already in place and that the Commission has provided it with the relevant facilities to help it in executing its mandate.

    Nyutu added that the main responsibility of the established unit would be to trace people spreading hate speech on various social media platforms as the country nears the 2022 General Election.

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