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Babu Owino threatens to quit Twitter


Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has threatened to quit Twitter if the microblogging and social networking service does not verify his account.

This is after twitter gave a blue badge to a parody account of the outspoken MP.

“If Twitter won’t verify my real account within the next few weeks then I’m sorry I will exit Twitter. Can’t/won’t settle for less at all,” tweeted Babu Owino.

Twitter has verified the account of @BabuOwino1 thinking it is the said legislator’s account.

The account verified by Twitter only 39,000 followers while Babu Owino’s real account has over 177,000 followers.

The anomaly by Twitter was detected by Twitter user @JohnNjenga.

“So they verified a fake Babu Owino. These streets never lack humour,” he tweeted accompanied by screenshots of the said parody account.


The situation saw Babu Owino trend the whole morning with many users giving their opinions on the matter.

“They found it more authentic,” Law Society Of Kenya Chairman Nelson Havi tweeted.

“The verification of fake Babu Owino accnt reminds me ,how Jacob run away with Esau blessings. Earth is hard,” wrote @KennetnMwiti.

One month ago, ODM Party Leader’s son Raila Junior also complained after Twitter denied him a verification badge.

“Really Twittter who decides who gets verified in Kenya?” he tweeted.

Twitter had earlier on communicated to him that they were not going to verify his account

“This account will not be verified because it does not meet our criteria at this time. If you would like to reveiew our guidelines for being verified, please visit our help center,” Twitter told junior.

The social media networking service further encouraged him to apply for a verification badge next time.

“If you believe the account may be a good candidate for verification in the future, we encourage you to apply next time, ” read the message.