The Office of late Former President Jerry John Rawlings has reported a fake twitter account impersonating Kimathi Agyemang-Rawlings, hours after Ex- President John Mahama retweeted posts from the account.
The Son of the late Jerry John Rawlings, Kimathi Agyeman-Rawlings, reported to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Criminal Investigations Department, that the fake twitter account was impersonating him.
A Statement from the Office of the of former President Rawlings on Wednesday November 18, disassociated Kimathi from the account which has for some time now been posting tweets construed as being political.
“The attention of the Office of former President Jerry John Rawlings has been drawn to the creation of a fake Twitter account that is publishing falsehoods attributed to the son of the former President, Kimathi Agyeman-Rawlings.”
“The fake Twitter handle @KimathiRawlings was not created by Kimathi Agyeman-Rawlings and all the posts on the handle are not attributable to him”, the statement indicated.
The matter, according to the statement has since been reported to the police.
“The matter has been reported to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Ghana Police Criminal Investigations Department and representations made to the company, Twitter.”
The public has been urged to disregard all publications from the said handle while the police investigate the matter.
“We urge all members of the public to disregard any publications emanating from the said account and warn persons who dabble in impersonation through the creation of such fake accounts that we will investigate, identify and have them face the law for such criminal activities.
“These are difficult times for the family and we request all to respect the family’s privacy and desist from actions that bring the image of the family into disrepute.”
One of such fake tweets was immediately retweeted by the flagbearer of the NDC without doing any due diligence on the authenticity of the account.
It is however unknown if the ex-president already knew that the account was fake, considering the fact that most of the tweets were seemingly tilted towards him and the NDC.
Here is Ex President Mahama’s retweet of the fake account: