An activist has been arraigned in court after his arrest yesterday for publishing false information.
Edwin Mutemi Kiama, who is behind a poster that circulated on social media urging the world not to lend Kenya money, is accused of contravening the provisions of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act of 2018.
According to the charge sheet, Kiama through his twitter handles Mwarimu Wa Kiama and Wanjiku revolution published a poster warning the world that President Uhuru Kenyatta should not transact business on behalf of the Country and the Nation as well as the future generations shall not be held liable for penalties or bad loans borrowed by him.
— Mwarimū Mūtemi wa Kīama (@MutemiWaKiama) April 6, 2021
Investigating authorities say the information published by Kiama amounts to false publication.
During the arrest, the accused was found with 3 laptops, a hand drive and 2 mobiles phones which were confiscated and submitted to the digital forensic laboratory for forensic examination.
The police are also looking for other people believed to have colluded with Kiama to post the said information.
The suspect was accompanied by his lawyers, Martha Karua and Harun Ndubi.
police want to hold him for 14 days to complete their investigations into the matter.
This comes after the International Monetary Fund approved a Sh255 billion loan for Nairobi to aide combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
The loan has been structured in two tranches with an immediate initial disbursement of Sh33.7billion while an additional Sh79billion will be released in the second tranche by June this year.