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Vihiga Deputy Governor wants EACC to probe social media platforms

Vihiga Deputy Governor, Dr. Patrick Saisi has asked the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) to rein in all abusers of social media platforms.

Saisi placed the appeal to EACC during commemoration to mark International Anti-Corruption Day held at Mbale Municipal grounds Sunday.

“Most social media platforms have become conduits for unethical conduct by some of their users,” alleged Saisi, who asked EACC to extend its tentacles and help curb the menace.

“We understand the core mandate of EACC is to fight misuse and plundering of public resources. However, the body is also charged with responsibility of taming unethical behaviours among Kenyans,” said Saisi.

A section of residents of Vihiga County, including public servants have raised several concerns over some information posted on social media, especially Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and bloggers website.

Sources at the County government headquarters revealed to Kenya News Agency (KNA) that area Governor, Dr Wilber Ottichillo had been a victim of negative publicity by online media forums.

“Some Individuals using pseudo names have been posting and sharing negative and unverifiable pieces of information touching on the governor,” said the sources that sought anonymity.

However, speaking to KNA on Tuesday morning, Vihiga County Criminal Investigations Officer (CCIO), Mr. Paul Mbusya said his office was yet to receive any formal complaints from individuals who have been victims of social media abuse.

“The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is charged with investigating such kind of acts which border on crime. But my office is yet to receive formal complaints from the county government,” said Musya.

The CCIO encouraged servants in national and county governments and members of public to place formal complaints about unethical posts to enable his office initiate investigations over the same.

By Maurice Aluda

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