Renowned Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nyakundi on Tuesday afternoon obeyed summons from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and presented himself at Central Police Station over what authorities claimed to be the publishing of false information relating to the current Coronavirus pandemic.
Nyakundi had posted that Kenya Revenue Authority commissioner general James Mburu and other senior officials had declined to self quarantine despite having jetted into Kenya via UK – a hotspot of the Chinese Virus.
Further, the blogger who once declared his interest in the Lang’ata parliamentary seat, added that, Mr Mburu had traveled to America and was out and about before the mandatory 14 day self quarantine lapsed.
“KRA CG jetted back from the US and started having meetings before the 14 days quarantine. But my question is, must these guys still fly out? What’s more important,” he wrote.
Responding to his arrest which came just a day after fellow blogger Robert Alai was arraigned and charged with publishing false information on the coronavirus pandemic, self-declared National Resistance Movement (NRM-Kenya) General Miguna Miguna took to Twitter to condemn his detention.
According to the Kenyan-Canadian barrister, by allowing the DCI to arrest Cyprian Nyakundi, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has committed an egregious abuse of power which will only further discredit his regime’s legitimacy.
This is an egregious abuse of power by despot Uhuru Kenyatta. Cyprian Nyakundi's claims did not and could not expose #Kenyans to #COVID19. These draconian actions will not help Despot Uhuru Kenyatta get legitimacy. #uhurumustgo https://t.co/xD3Vb5LvLs
— Dr. Miguna Miguna (@MigunaMiguna) March 25, 2020
On March 15, 23-year-old Elijah Kitonyo, a student at the Kenya Medical Training College in Mwingi, was arrested after publishing claims on Twitter that the government was deceiving people regarding the situation in the country.
According to authorities, publishing such information amounts to a contravention of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act of 2018.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has made it clear that anyone spreading falsehoods about the Covid-19 and situation in the country will be arrested.