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Kabete Student Fined for Impersonating Mike Sonko

  • May 28, 2024
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Kabete Student Fined for Impersonating Mike Sonko

Tyson Kibet, a 23-year-old third-year student at Kenya’s top Technical Training Institute (TTI), Kabete National Polytechnic, has found himself in serious trouble after being convicted of creating a fake Facebook account in the name of former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko. Kibet admitted that he was motivated by the politician’s popularity and the public’s admiration, particularly among the youth, who aspire to live a luxurious lifestyle similar to Sonko’s, characterized by wearing gold-coated rings and wristwatches.

Kibet turned the fake Facebook account into a dating platform, where he posted explicit images of women and demanded money from interested men to facilitate connections. Unbeknownst to him, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) was monitoring his activities. After his arrest, he was charged under Section 28 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act No. 5 of 2018 for impersonating a public figure and damaging Sonko’s reputation.

Courtesy: Tuko news
Courtesy: Tuko news

Following his conviction, Kibet was fined Ksh 1 million in bond or alternatively Ksh 200,000 in cash. During his court appearance, he expressed deep remorse and pleaded for forgiveness, stating, “I deeply regret my actions and sincerely apologize for the harm I caused. My intention was never to tarnish your reputation; rather, I selected your name due to its widespread popularity and the admiration you enjoy from many. I felt driven to resort to such measures out of sheer desperation to obtain money for necessities like food and to address some outstanding debts. I truly regret my choices and assure you that such misconduct will not be repeated.”

This incident serves as a cautionary tale for students who might be tempted to engage in illegal activities to make money. It underscores the importance of maintaining discipline and making ethical choices, even in challenging circumstances. Kibet’s actions have not only jeopardized his future employment prospects but also tarnished the reputation of Kabete National Polytechnic, potentially leading people to associate the institution with fraudulent activities.

The consequences of Kibet’s actions extend beyond the immediate legal penalties. His family and friends may now face significant financial strain in raising the money for his release, potentially having to sell assets to cover the fines. This raises the question of whether the fine imposed was fair and proportional to the offense.

As we reflect on Kibet’s case, it is crucial to remember the importance of ethical behavior and the long-term impact of our choices. It is a reminder to all students that while the need to earn money is pressing, it is essential to avoid actions that can lead to severe legal and personal repercussions.

What are your thoughts on the fine imposed on Tyson Kibet? Do you think it was fair? Share your comments and let’s discuss.

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