Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua.Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua.
By MWENDE KASUJJA

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua has denied social media reports that he was taking selfies when the Gucha river bridge caved in.

Mutua has also threatened to sue Standard journalist Geoffrey Mosoku for spreading fake news and cyber bullying.

The governor termed the collapse of the bridge as an Act of God stating that it was a blessing to be splashed on by the waters of River Gucha.

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He added that the lives of unsuspecting mothers and children, who would have fallen victim had the collapse happened on another day, had been saved.

The governor’s complaint falls in the new Computer and Cybercrimes Law, 2017 that is fighting fake news and cyber bullying.

According to clause 12 of the law, publishing of a false or fictitious information will attract a Sh5 million fine or a two-year jail term.

“A person who intentionally publishes false, misleading or fictitious data or misinforms with intent that the data shall be considered or acted upon as authentic, with or without any financial gain, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both,” reads clause 12 of the new law.

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