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Fake news reports hit Kenya’s election build up

The BBC has warned of a fake video on Kenya's election being circulated on social media purported to be from its 'Focus on Africa' programme.

FILE: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Fake news has marked the run up to Kenya's general election in nine days’ time.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) says it's been hit and it advises Kenyans to verify stories by checking its official site.

As more and more voters turn to social media rather than conventional newspapers for election information, they become potential victims of deliberately misleading stories.

The BBC has warned of a fake video on Kenya's election being circulated on social media purported to be from its Focus on Africa programme.

It says that President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to win the election.

In fact, it's such a close run race that neither Kenyatta nor his chief opponent Raila Odinga might score an outright victory.

The origin of the fake BBC story is not clear but it began to be shared on WhatsApp last Friday.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)