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Oparanya shares update on Facebook hacking claim

Outgoing former Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has shared an update on the Facebook hacking claim.

In a video, the second-term serving governor insisted that it was obvious that someone hacked his Facebook account.

“Action will be taken to the person who did that, that is known and action will be taken against him in accordance to the Cyber Act of 2020.”

On Monday, unknown people hacked Mr Oparanya’s official Facebook account and posted a photo of the outgoing senator Cleophas Malala urging people to vote for him.

“#VoteforCleophasWakhunguMalalah,” the post read.

The post attracted varying opinions due to the two candidates’ political affiliations.

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Mr Oparanya is the Deputy Party Leader in Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) while Malala is a member of the Amani National Congress (ANC) a party affiliated with the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).

In a statement on his official Twitter account, Mr Oparanya said that already the matter was being handled by sleuths attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

“This is to NOTIFY the general public that my Facebook page has been hacked by agents of doom. Ignore any post on my Facebook page as we await @DCI_Kenya to handle the matter and restore it. Thank you,” he tweeted.

The ODM party is led by Raila Odinga who was the Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate in the August 9, 2022, General election while UDA is led by President-elect William Ruto.

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While tallying is underway in Mombasa and Kakamega counties where residents were to vote for their preferred gubernatorial candidates, Malala was competing against Ferdinand Barasa of ODM, Cyrus Jirongo of UDP, Suleiman Sumba of KANU, Samuel Omukoko, Austin Otieno and Michael Osundwa with the three being Independent candidates.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) postponed the two counties’ elections after the ballot papers that were to be used had errors.

“Ballot papers for the following elective positions were noted to have errors. Ballot papers for Kakamega county governor positions, Mombasa County have wrong gubernatorial candidate pictures and the details printed on them,” he stated.

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