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Blogger charged with publishing false information about Lamu county official

Blogger charged with publishing false information about Lamu county official

Lamu,

Thursday May 16, 2024

KNA by Amenya Ochieng

Blogger Donald Mwendwa Nzau popurlary known as “Password” was arraigned before a Lamu Law court Thursday over charges of publishing false information through WhatsApp group.

The blogger had presented himself before the Lamu Court following his detainment over remarks he made in a popular whatsapp group known as Lamu Yetu Sote through which he was accused of publishing false information contrary to section 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act 2018.

His charge sheet read, “On 20th day of July 2023 at around 1244hrs at an unknown place within the republic of Kenya, through a safaricom mobile number registered under your name.

You made a publication on LAMU YETU SOTE whatsapp group of which you are a member stating “offcos we are not on the same level mwanaharamu wa kijaluo jambazi sugu. Nimekufunza kuvaa viatu 2019” You made this publication knowing they are false and meant to discredit the reputation of Shee Kupi Shee.”

The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Act 2018 prohibits the publication of unverified information.

The law spells penalties in forms of fines or jail terms for such offenders.According to Section 22 (1) of the law: “A person who intentionally publishes false, misleading or fictitious data or misinforms with the intent that the data shall be considered or acted upon as authentic, with or without any financial gain, commits an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.”

Mwendwa had presented himself before the Lamu Central Police Station today following orders for him to avail himself before a warrant of arrest was issued.

He however pleaded not guilty to the charge of false publication as he appeared before Resident magistrate Flavian Mulama.

The blogger was represented by his lawyer Victor Soita released on a Sh50,000 bond or Sh25,000 cash bail with his case set for further hearing on July 1st 2024.

Nevertheless, Donald Mwendwa Nzau, who was arrested in 2023 for defamation and false information charges against Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti, is a frequent defendant.

Courtesy; KNA

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