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Patrick Safari aka ‘Modern Corps’ arrested and charged for ‘annoying tweet’

Prison officer Patrick Safari popularly known as modern corps, @moderncorps on Twitter was on Monday arraigned in a Lamu court and charged with the infamous section 29 of the Kenya Information and Communications Act ‘misuse of licensed telecommunications system’ for annoying a police officer, Chrispus Mutali. Safari who uses his account to tweet a lot about security issues is based in ...

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1998 Bomb blast victims eye compensation as Obama visits site


Victims of the 1998 bomb blast at the United States Embassy on cooperative house building in Nairobi are optimistic that the visit by US President Barack Obama and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta will bear fruit in having them compensated. The 7th August 1998 Bomb blast Victims Association Kenya Chairman George Ngige said that he was optimistic that the matter ...

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Nakuru residents enlightened on internet and the law

 The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) held a training on internet and the law in Nakuru last Saturday, July 24. The training which was conducted by Mugambi Laibuta, an Advocate of the High Court and Riva Jalipa of Article 19 was attended by internet enthusiasts among them, a section of bloggers in the county. It was also attended by a ...

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Nakuru muslim cleric convicted of child sex tourism files appeal

By Lorna Abuga. A Muslim cleric who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for child sex tourism by a Nakuru court has filed for an appeal. Through his lawyer Lawrence Karanja, Ali Samoja who was convicted and sentenced by on July 6 this year says his life is in danger. “My client is suffering from asthma and many a times he ...

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Stay safe online despite heightened cyber surveillance

Protect your data in an era of heightened surveillance.

If you have been following the news lately, you may have come across the recent expose of the Hacking Group on wikileaks where confidential files from the company were exposed. Kenya is one of the nations that was in contact with the hacking group over plans to acquire cyber surveillance software Galileo. Using this system, an operator can switch on ...

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Witnesses testify in Naivasha ‘Vampire’ case

By Lorna Abuga The case in which a former Naivasha street boy is accused of kidnapping and torturing two women was heard in a Nakuru court on Monday July 21. Geoffrey Njoroge Matheri alias Fongo is said to have drained the blood of his victims before drinking it as they watched. Matheri who is currently in prison is also accused ...

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Maskani tweetup is coming to Mombasa

Maskani Comes to Mombasa

Maskani Conversations is an iterative online-to-offline initiative hosted by Maskani Ya Taifa, through Tweetups, to facilitate public participation and promote engagement on issues relevant to all Kenyans. Maskani Ya Taifa’s idea (Maskani Conversations) has brought together a number of Kenyans (mostly bloggers), from various regions in the country, who we have interacted with on a day to day basis on ...

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How Hacking Team software is used to track down dissidents and activists


The Hacking Group was recently exposed by Wikileaks which published files that included confidential employee emails. In the emails, hacking group staff and Kenyan agents were in touch over a long period of time in an attempt to procure Hacking Teams software online surveillance system marketed to governments as Galileo. There was global uproar when the emails revealed that the ...

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Corporal punishment leaves a 14 year old boy nursing injuries

  Fourteen year- old Titus Mwendwa*(not his real name) walks with a noticeable limp. His face contorts in pain with every single step he makes. His mathematics teacher, Mrs. Dinah Wambua reportedly assaulted him on the 22nd day of June injuring him on his private parts. His crime; he could not crack one of the sums given by the teacher ...

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BAKE to hold training on ‘Law and Internet’ in Nakuru

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) will hold a training on the law and internet in Nakuru next week on Saturday July 25. The training will be held at the American Corner at the Kenya National Library and is free and open to all. The workshop will cover topics such as the legal system, defamation, criminal law process, communication laws and ...

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Human lapses worsen Kenya’s security threats

Mandera Town

On the 6th of July 2015, Kenya woke up to breaking news of yet another terror attack in the town of Garissa. At least 14 people were killed and 10 others injured after suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked a village near Mandera Town. Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo confirmed the attack, which happened at 1.00am in Soko Mbuzi Village. The ...

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ICTJ to Hold Consultative Forum at PAWA 254

The International Centre for Transitional Justice

The International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) considers the youth an integral part of peace achievement, and a key player in shaping and strengthening Kenya’s democracy. After working on the renowned TJRC report The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) sought an adoption of the report to make it relevant to Kenyans and most specifically, the youth. That is how ...

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Kenyan Jessica Musila among the 2015 Internet Freedom Fellows

Jessica Musila is the Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust, the organization behind www.mzalendo.com, Kenya’s premier Parliamentary Monitoring Initiative

Kenyan Jessica Musila is among the five 2015 Internet Freedom Fellows. Jessica Musila is the Executive Director of Mzalendo Trust, the organization behind www.mzalendo.com, Kenya’s premier Parliamentary Monitoring Initiative. Over the last four years, she has spearheaded Mzalendo’s evolution from a blog into a largely self-sustaining site with an organization supporting it. She is passionate about social justice and prior ...

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Moses Kuria incites his constituents to violence

Moses Kuria

From his days as a Jubilee strategist, Moses Kuria’s rise to notoriety is a matter of public knowledge. He was in and out of court last year, charged with incitement to violence, hate speech and fanning ethnic hatred through comments on his social media accounts. Things got to a head when the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and National Cohesion ...

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Makueni County Government sets aside Sh40M for the disabled

People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Makueni county have a reason to celebrate after the County Government set aside Sh40M in the 2015/2016 budget for their support. Out of the total allocation Sh25M will be used for the construction of a rehabilitation center while Sh10M and an additional Sh5M will be used for general support and empowerment of the PWDS ...

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