HOAX: Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko is Not Offering Motorbikes and Cash Rewards

Written by on November 21, 2022

The Facebook account offering the gifts is an imposter.

A Facebook account impersonating former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and offering gifts in his name is a HOAX. 

The account goes by the name Mbuvi Kioko and has been purporting to issue gifts that include; school fees, motorbikes, tuk tuks and capital to interested persons. 

“Am giving out the following only if interested … first come first served. I need the last 4 people for today capital 150,000 each, tuktuk, Motorbike school fee All the best,” a section of the post’s caption reads. 

But does the page really belong to the former governor? 

We performed a keyword search on Facebook and established that Mike Sonko’s legitimate Facebook page is verified. 

Additionally, we discovered that Sonko’s authentic page uses the name ‘Mike Sonko’ and not ‘Mbuvi Kioko’ as it appears in the account we are debunking. 

The legitimate page has over 2.5 million followers, with its transparency information indicating that it was created in September 2010.

On the legitimate page, we found a post disowning the claim we are fact-checking and urging Kenyans to disregard it. 

This fact check was published by SKY 106.1 FM with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance

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