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Blogging is not a crime, Free Mutai

Blogger Abraham Mutai Arrested and Released for reporting on Corruption in Isiolo County

Blogging is not a crime, Free Mutai

On Saturday afternoon, a blogger by the name Abraham Mutai was arrested in Mombasa and quickly airlifted to Nairobi. There were rumors that the arrest was connected to recent tweets he posted about rampant corruption activities going on in Isiolo County.

Police accused Abraham Mutai of misusing a licensed communication platform to cause anxiety. Mutai who uses the Twitter account @ItsMutai, was arrested at about 1pm in Mombasa before he was driven by CID officers to Nairobi. They arrived at about 11pm and was booked at Muthaiga police station. Sunday, he was taken to CID headquarters where he was questioned for more than an hour before he was released.

He was freed on personal bond. Sources said Mutai had published on his blog “issues that offended many people and caused anxiety without evidence”. Police accused him of misuse and abuse of communication-licensed platform, an offence they said they are investigating.
The online account associated with Mutai on the popular micro-blogging site has in recent months been used to post allegations of poaching, corruption and misuse of funds in Isiolo, Mandera and Mombasa counties.

The blogger has also posted claims of impropriety at the Geothermal Development Company and linked several names to the alleged corruption. CID director Ndegwa Muhoro said there had been a complaint regarding issues that Mutai had handled in the recent past and that was why he was arrested and questioned.

“I do not have details but there was a complaint on that man,” said Muhoro without elaborating.

 

His account had been disabled by the officers who arrested him. His colleagues were however able to lobby Twitter to re-activate his account. His arrest sparked an outrage online with a hashtag #FreeMutai being created to push for his release. The hash tag was trending number one in Kenya from Saturday till the whole day on Sunday even as the news on his release trickled in.

Mutai has vowed to continue running his blog and to hold the county governments accountable by reporting on corruption.

Listen to a full narration from Abraham Mutai on the whole ordeal from the time he was called by the his Boss under the instructions of the CID officers under the pre-text of owing some money to lady, to the time he was taken in for questioning to his release and the questions that the CID offers asked him.

About Njeri Wangari

Njeri Wangari is the Project Lead for Kenya Monitor, a Citizen Journalism site for news and stories by Kenyans a project of the Bloggers Association of Kenya. Njeri is also the BAKE's Director of programs managing training and outreach programs. She is a multi-talented published Poet, blogger, Art & Tech enthusiast who started blogging in 2005. Njeri is very passionate about Citizen Journalism and expresses her passion through training workshops, talks and her writing on the same. Njeri is also equally passionate about Arts & Culture and Technology and writes on them through her blogs KenyanPoet.com and AfroMum.com

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