May 28th 2017

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Hawk-eyed Uhuru supporters unearth lies, turning Jubilee portal into PR disaster

Some commenters wanted to know whether the government engineer's and fellows who signed the completion certificate are still on payroll. Others just wanted explanation on how the informtion landed on the President Delivery Unit.

By Jack Otwalanewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 19 Apr 2017 09:27 EAT

A snapshot from Mr Githu's comment showing the state of Chaka Market.

Residents of Nyeri County have unearthed an apparent lie in the government portal launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week regarding the construction of a market centre in Chaka, Kieni Sub County.

Facebook user Joe Githu triggered a robust debate on the information contained in the portal by exposing the true state of construction of the Chaka Urban Market in Kieni, which has gobbled Sh476 million and is marked as 100 complete on the portal. In actual fact, the market has only a perimeter fence and foundation work, according to the picture above.

Mr Githu's post on the state of Chaka Market generated hundreds of likes, shares and comments by mainly Jubilee supporters who were astonished that the government was communicating false information on its achievements in their own backyard. "We would also like to know whether this contractor has been paid in full for a job well done!" said the author, cheekily, before calling upon the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the spending on the project.

Some commenters wanted to know whether the government engineer's and fellows who signed the completion certificate are still on payroll. Others just wanted explanation on how the informtion landed on the President Delivery Unit.

The post triggered other reports of misleading information in the portal by bloggers from Jubilee Party strongholds of Central Kenya and the Rift Valley. Mr Sirma Kimutai from Baringo County shared what he said was another lie about the maintenance of the Kabarnet-Marigat road. While the road is 40km, the governmental portal marks it as being 80km long.

And while the portal indicates that Sh176 million has been spent on the road whose maintenance is marked as complete, Mr Kimutai and several residents from the area said it had gaping potholes.

Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press





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