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Arrested Kenyan Blogger Abraham Mutai @ItsMutai released on bond

From left, Boniface Mwangi, ItsMutai,His layer 2Olez and BAKE CHariman Kennedy Kacwanya this morning after Mutai's release
From left, Boniface Mwangi, Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai), His lawyer @Olez and the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya this morning after Mutai’s release

Following the arrest of Kenyan Blogger Abraham Mutai  who uses the twitter handle @ItsMutai  in Mombasa yesterday, at long last, he has been released where he was held. Mr. Abraham Mutai was released on personal bond and will be required to report to the  CID Head Quarters on Monday morning to answer to charges of ‘Misuse of telecommunications equipment and  tweets that may cause anxiety.

It started when @ItsMutai was called from his office in Mombasa by the police, telling him that a certain lady had complained about Ksh.3000 which he owed her. Looking back Mr.Mutai says that was the CID’s way to find out where he was yesterday. From there CID found their way to his office. Before arresting him, they said that Isiolo Government was complainant. They were not clear exactly who from Isiolo Government complained. They took him to the CID HQ Mombasa and then to Nairobi Muthaiga Police station.

On his way to Nairobi Before being released the head of the station mentioned in passing his tweets and blogs about the Ivory and the Mandera expose. According to Mutai, he sensed that throughout the detectives were in contact with the Head of CID Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro. They frankly admitted that there was massive support on twitter under the hashtags #Freemutai and #iFreeKe

This comes at a time when the world marks Internet Freedom Day on 18th January. Kenyans online took to their platforms to not only express their solidarity with Mutai but also mark this day reflecting on the internet freedoms that are now becoming less and less not only for Kenyan bloggers but also for any Kenyan with dissent views on the current government.

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