• Spokesman said during this critical election time when Kenyans are all ears, people should choose their words carefully.
• He said Kenyans should use the freedom of speech carefully and not say anything that could lead to violence.
Government spokesman Cyrus Oguna on Friday said at this delicate juncture, some Kenyans are using media social media to spread false poll information.
He said the information is designed to align the minds of the targeted audience to think in a certain way. It can create ill will and violence, he said.
"The rights we enjoy, including utilising social media as a platform to communicate, should be exercised responsibly. We are a unique island of freedom in a sea of restricted rights.We enjoy unfettered freedoms in almost all dimensions of social life," he said.
He said during this critical election time, when Kenyans are all ears, people should choose their words carefully.
"This [false information] is unacceptable, particularly now when Kenyans are anxiously waiting to know who their leaders will be.
"The statement on abduction by an individual associated with one coalition is reckless and irresponsible," he said.
He praised Kenyans and journalists "who patriotically called out this individual and relayed the correct information to the public. You are all today’s heroes and heroines."
He said Kenyans should use the freedom of speech carefully and not say anything that may lead to any violence.
"We particularly enjoy unrivalled freedom of speech, to the extent that we have become the envy of many. However, it is equally important to note that, every right has a duty, and responsibility," he said.
He appealed to Kenyans to treat such statements "with the contempt they deserve. We urge them to be patient as we wait for the IEBC to make any announcement."
(Edited by V. Graham)