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Blogger Robert Alai. Photo courtesy of http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/
Blogger Robert Alai. Photo courtesy of http://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/

EACC Chief Executive Halake Waqo drops charges against Robert Alai

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chief executive Halake Waqo has dropped against blogger Robert Alai.

Yesterday at the Milimani law courts, the prosecution said it had dropped the charge, but under section 87 (a) of the penal code which allows future re-arrest and prosecution.

Alai’s lawyer Mr. Edward Oonge told a magistrate that the high court had since declared Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act unconstitutional thus annulling the charge against Mr. Alai.

Blogger Alai was alleged to have claimed in a Twitter post that the EACC chief executive officer “faked a UoN degree which he used to ascend to office.” The prosecution said the offence was committed on November 18, 2015.

Mr Alai denied the charge and had been out on a cash bail of Sh30,000. He pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Milimani Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo on Tuesday 5th Janaury 2016.

He is alleged to have used the Twitter account Robert ALAI @RobertAlai to post a message that read:

“How do you expect EACC to arrest anyone for corruption when its head (Waqo) used a forged UoN degree certificate to get into his office”.

His lawyer however doubted the possibility of him being arrested under a charge that was declared unconstitutional by High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi. He emphasized that Robert Alai’s acquittal is final as he cannot be charged under a non-existent crime.

About shitemi khamadi

Shitemi is the Kenya Monitor Managing Editor. He trains journalists on basics of journalism, storytelling, conflict sensitive journalism and devolution.

2 comments

  1. the allegation will do no good to the image of eacc boss, his credibility is now under serious scrutiny in a wide way.

  2. The only concern I have is that R. A-Lie has turned out be be a chief lier in the recent past hence many of us can’t just believe what he says. That aside, if the EACC boss will do us a favor by substantiating on the authenticity of the questions raised. We however need to mature so that we don’t just peddle falsehoods to attack people we don’t like.

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