A 31-year-old teacher has been arrested for spreading misinformation on Facebook.
Teacher Jeremiah Mwavuganga Samuel reportedly wrote a Facebook post using a fake account purporting to be that of the Teachers Service Commission, alleging that its CEO Nancy Macharia was dead.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mwavuganga’s pursuit and subsequent arrest followed an extensive forensic analysis to identify the suspect.
The operation was conducted by DCI Emali and the Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau detectives.
DCI said that the teacher was found with a mobile phone containing material that had been used to create the viral post.
“The Facebook account used was also confirmed to be his,” DCI said on Sunday.
The suspect, born and raised in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, was escorted to DCI Headquarters, for processing ahead of his arraignment in court on Monday, January 24.
The DCI has asked social media users to refrain from spreading misleading information, threatening to act against those who do.
“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,” said DCI.
“Such contemptible conducts will be investigated and perpetrators brought to book.”