Simon Muchiri is now fighting to prove his innocence after threatening to shoot President Uhuru Kenyatta without hesitation if given a gun.
Muchiri pleaded not guilty while appearing before Kiambu Principal Magistrate, Grace Omodho and was released on a Ksh 200,000 cash bail.
The prosecution failed to convince the court that Muchiri would interfere with evidence or was a flight risk. The defence lawyers argued that Muchiri was a first-time offender and a young adult who did not have any criminal records.
Omodho asked the two teams to present evidence in court on March 15 when the case would be heard.
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This follows a harsh directive by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i to conduct a crackdown on social media users and pages and promote hate, violence or incite individuals a head of the 2022 General election.
“The emergence of digital vigilantes whose intention is to attack those with divergent views; annihilate and cover-up the truth; and spread hate against others, cannot go unchallenged. We must fervently guard the freedom in our digital space against those who seek to sully it,” Matiang’i said while addressing media stakeholders in Nairobi.
Muchiri now becomes among the first people to face the harsh side of the law for their social content.
In the proposed directive, also various offences including unauthorised interference or interception of computer systems programs or data, false publication of data, cyber harassment, cybersquatting, cyber terrorism, identity theft and impersonation, phishing, computer fraud, computer forgery, unauthorised disclosure of passcodes, fraudulent use of electronic data, issuance of false e-instructions among others attract punitive penalties.