Kenya Signs Draconian Computer Misuse Bill Into Law

Duale's ex-lover Nazlin Umar slams Uhuru over cybercrime laws terms them dictatorial

Duale's ex-lover Nazlin Umar slams Uhuru over cybercrime laws terms them dictatorial

President Uhuru Kenyatta early today signed the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017, which criminalises among other things the posting of fake news on social media.

The new law also provided for offences relating to computer systems, cyber espionage, false publications, child pornography, computer forgery, computer fraud, cyber stalking and cyber bullying, aiding or abetting in the commission of an offence. While the new law will tackle a myriad of online evils, including child pornography, some feel it is open to abuse.

Under the new law, using a phone or computer to commit crime could send you to prison for two years and cost you Sh5 million.

This means that anyone found generating and spreading false news online could find himself in jail for at least five years, or pay millions of shillings in court fines.

President Kenyatta also assented to the Public Trustee (Amendment) Bill, 2018. If found guilty, they may attract punishment of 2-years in prison and cash fine of shs5million.

Duale's ex-lover Nazlin Umar slams Uhuru over cybercrime laws terms them dictatorial
Uhuru recently assented to the Cybercrimes bill

Others include identity theft and impersonation, phishing, interception of electronic messages or money transfers, willful misdirection of electronic messages and fraudulent use of electronic data.

According to the government, the Act contains provisions that will facilitate worldwide co-operation in dealing with computer and cybercrime matters including expedited disclosure of preserved traffic data.

Ahead of the signing, there were numerous petitions from the public, civic society groups and the media against some of the provisions in the Bill.

Present during the signing at State House, Nairobi, were Deputy President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki and Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto.

The Committee for Protection of Journalists (CPJ) last week urged Kenyatta not to sign the bill, arguing it would make it easy for authorities to gag journalists publishing information they dislike.

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