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Blogger Dennis Owino held by Police for six hours without a reason

Dennis Owino (@KinyanBoy). Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Blogger Dennis Owino, popularly known as @KinyanBoy was yesterday arrested and held for six hours without being told the reason for his arrest. Dennis was also not told of his accuser. While walking along Harambee Avenue around 1.00pm yesterday, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers who had been trailing him arrested him and took him to KICC police station. They did ...

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Deputy President William Ruto threatens to sue Boniface Mwangi for defamation

Boniface Mwangi. Photo courtesy of hashtagsquare.co.ke

Deputy President William Ruto has threatened to sue Boniface Mwangi over his tweet which he says was false and malicious. The words in their ordinary and plain meaning are defamatory and they have severely injured our client’s reputation, reads a demand letter from Ruto’s lawyer Kioko Kilukumi. The tweet from Boniface Mwangi reads   I hope Deputy President has no plans ...

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Media Council of Kenya condemns assault of a K24 reporter

Dr. Haron Mwangi and the Council chair Charles Kerich during a past press conference. Photo courtesy of kenyanewsagency.go.ke

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has condemned the assault of K24 reporter Duncan Wanga two days ago terming it an unlawful and unfortunate act against freedom of the media. On 27th September 2016, Duncan Wanga while covering an event in Eldoret,  was allegedly harassed, brutally attacked and his camera destroyed by police. According to Mr. Wanga, the police had earlier warned him ...

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Steps to follow when faced with a criminal case

Arrest Snip

By Gilbert Langat Anybody can fall on the wrong side of the law anytime in the course of their life. When this happens most people get confused and may not know what to do. And while ignorance of the law has no defense, ignorance of your rights as an arrested person can impact heavily on your ability to defend yourself ...

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The gift Willy Mutunga should have given Kenyans before his retirement

Former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya Dr. Willy Mutunga.

By Kioko wa Kivandi For years now Kenya has been holding discussions about the formation of a special division within the High Court with a local judicial mandate over crimes similar to the ones that were committed following the disputed 2007 presidential elections results. The division, which has since come to be known as the International and Organised Crimes Division ...

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The disappearance of Msingi Sasis

Msingi Sasis

Photographer Msingi Sasis made a distress post on Facebook, 6th May 2016 about his troubled financial position ever since he was labeled a terrorist. He was arrested by the police last year when taking photos of Galleria mall, Nairobi. Ever since that day, efforts to locate him have been futile. He phone is not going through, neither has he responded ...

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Why Justice Mumbi Ngugi declared Section 29 of KICA Unconstitutional

Judge Mumbi Ngugi delivering the ruling

No Kenyan has suffered the wrath of Section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act (KICA) like blogger Robert Alai. He has at least five active cases with these charge in court, dating back to 2012. His most recent case this year when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Halakhe Waqo took issue with him for questioning his ...

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Nominated Senator Emma Mbura suffers a blow after Mombasa court dismisses use of Section 29 of KICA Act

TNA Activist Kalinga Mgandi.

TNA Nominated Senator Emma Mbura suffered a blow after Mombasa Principal Resident Magistrate Nicholas Njagi dismissed an application by the state to charge activist Kalinga Mgandi. In the court application, Senator Mbura wanted the court to compel Jubilee Alliance activist Kalinga Mgandi to disclose his Personal Identification Number (PIN) of his phone to enable police to verify his WhatsApp account. Kalinga had allegedly abused ...

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Martha Miano released unconditionally

Miano 1

Martha Wanjiru Miano was released unconditionally by a Nyeri Court yesterday. Nyeri residents celebrated outside Nyeri Law Courts as online activist Martha Miano was set free by court. She had been detained by police on allegations that she posted a statement on Facebook allegedly insulting Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s brother Rigathi Gachagua. Nyeri Resident Magistrate John Aringo ruled that her seven- day- ...

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Martha Miano arrested for taking on politicians on her Facebook account

Nderitu Gachagua

A Nyeri Facebook user Martha Miano was arraigned in court on Monday after she was accused of using abusive language in her posts towards a county government official and Rigathi Gachagua who is a brother to Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua. Rigathi and James Kabiru (Director of Governors Press) filed a complaint against Ms Miano after they claimed she had launched ...

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Does Narok chaos portend expectations for 2017?

Major Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery. He has ordered the police to ensure peace prevails in Narok. [Photo: trending.co.ke]

It is like a tradition that every end of the year, a section of Kenyans has to be uprooted from their homes due to ‘inter-community’ skirmishes. In what is seemingly a deeply programmed malaise in the national psyche, these displacements are a pointer to the deep-rooted problems that Kenyans have when it comes to relating with each other. Despite voting ...

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KDF soldiers shoot 2 in Mandera creating rift with locals

The vehicle the victims were travelling in. Locals say KDF soldiers erred in shooting the two and injuring several others on Monday. [Photo: Twitter]

On December 21, headlines of reputable publications worldwide brought to the fore an unusual view of a rare act in the fight against terrorism in Kenya. The BBC headlined their story, Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack while USA Today headlined it; Muslims shield Christian passengers in attack on Kenyan bus. Al Jazeera aptly put it thus: Muslims ...

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Sexual abuse against children on the rise in Makueni, says children officer

Photo:thequalityeffect.org

Makueni Children Officer Rasto Omollo has decried the rising number of sexual abuse cases committed against young boys and girls in the county. Omollo said in every two weeks a child related sexual abuse case is reported and attributed the increase to lack of awareness on children rights. Addressing a stakeholder’s forum held on Wednesday at Kwakathoka Agricultural Training Institute, ...

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Internet Freedoms Citizen Education Campaign launch on 15th December

Iinternet Freedoms Citizen Awareness Campaign a program by Monitor & The Bloggers Association of Kenya

When you log onto the internet, do you fully understand your rights as an internet user? Are you aware of your right to hold opinions without interference, your right to freedom of expression and information, your right to freedom of assembly and association, your right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion? Are you aware of your right to be ...

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