Mutemi Kiama, an activist who was arrested for allegedly creating and circulating a poster critical of President Uhuru Kenyatta has been released on a KSh500,000 cash bail.
At the same time, Milimani senior Resident magistrate Jane Kamau has declined the prosecution’s application to hold Kiama for 14 days, pending the conclusion of investigations.
“Prosecution has failed to show that Kiama should be physically present during investigations,” said Kamau.
In addition to the bail, Kiama must report to the case investigating officer daily for 10 days. The case will be mentioned on April 17.
Kiama faces charges of contravening the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act. He also stands accused of “false publication contrary to section 22(1) as read with section 22(2) (b) thereof.” Kiama allegedly published on social media, a photo of President Kenyatta alongside his ID number and a note, “not authorised to transact on behalf of the citizens and that the nation and future generations shall not be held liable for any penalties of bad loans negotiated and /or borrowed by him”.
““The preliminary investigations have disclosed that the Twitter handles “Mwarimu Mutemi wa Kiama” @MutemiWaKiamu and “Wanjiku Revolution” @WanjikuRevolt on which the suspected criminal publication was made is linked to Kiama,” the affidavit by Investigatig Officer Patrick Kibowen reads.