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Fake Salva Kiir Social media accounts in smear campaign

By Godfrey Olukya
Posted on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 10:44

Ateny Wek Ateny, the president’s spokesperson, accounts on Facebook and Twitter have been opened in Kiir’s name by impostors to discredit him.

All social media accounts created in South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir’s name are fake and should be disregarded

Ateny says the Office of the President does not have Facebook and Twitter accounts, either in his name or nickname.

“It is unfortunate that social media is being used to abuse the presidency,” he said.

“All social media accounts created in South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir’s name are fake and should be disregarded.”

Ateny said some of the fake social media accounts had many followers, who thought the accounts are genuine.

He gave an example of a twitter account that has garnered more than 26,000 followers only a year after its creation and which bears Kiir’s name.

The fake accounts have often painted a picture of a reluctant Kiir, who was dragging his feet in the recent peace talks.

The accounts, he said, are usually active and particularly confusing when Kiir is traveling abroad on his “well-intended quest for peace”.

“A lot of lies are posted on the Twitter and Facebook accounts in President Salva Kiir’s name especially when he is travelling abroad” Ateny said.

He warned members of the public against taking such information seriously, as the president did not have any account on social media.

Efforts are reportedly being made to get those responsible prosecuted.

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