Embakasi East Member of Parliament Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino took a swipe at Twitter expressing his concerns after a parody account under his name was verified instead of his official handle.
In a terse statement the firebrand ODM legislator asked his friends and followers to ignore the parody account adding that the people behind it wanted to soil his good name.
While giving clear information about his real account, the legislator distanced himself from the pseudo account and the contents posted on them, noting that Twitter had made a great mistake in verifying the account.
“I would like to make a clarification on my Twitter account. My official Twitter account is @HEBabuOwino. Twitter has made a great mistake to verify a fake account under my account under my name called @Babu Owino1 or @HEBabuOwino_.
Those are fake accounts and I will like to distance myself from it. Any other information that Kenyans will get from that account @HEBabuOwino_ is fake account which has been verified by Twitter which means the scammers went ahead forged my ID and used it for verification of the same account, so ignore”
“Fellow Kenyans please IGNORE the FAKE ACCOUNT verified by TWITTER under the name @Babu Owino1 or @HEBabuOwino_ The perpetrators want to soil my otherwise good name. My OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT is @HEBabuOwino without UNDERSCORE ” said Babu Owino.
The blue Verified tick for every notable Twitter account lets people know that an account of public interest is genuine and the real one.
For the verification to be done on an account, the account must be authentic, notable, and active, just like Hon Babu Owino’s.