Robert Alai released on bail after denying false claims about coronavirus deaths in Mombasa charges

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,23RD MARCH,2020-Blogger Robert Alai was on Monday morning arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts for posting a tweet claiming that the government was hiding information about coronavirus related deaths in Mombasa.

Alai was arrested on Friday after the alarming tweet that came on the backdrop of a stern warning from the government cautioning the public against spreading unverified and misleading information on COVID-19.

Appearing before Magistrate Muema Ndungi, the blogger was charged with publication of false information contrary to Section 23 of the computer misuse and cybercrimes act.

“On the 19th day of March 2020 at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, posted on your twitter account @RobertAlai to wit “Coronavirus: Is the Kenyan government hiding COVID-19 related deaths at the Port of Mombasa” knowing it to be false and calculated to cause panic and fears among citizens of the Republic of Kenya,” stated the charge sheet.

He denied the charge and was released on a Ksh.50,000 cash bail or bond of Ksh.150,000 and directed to provide one contact person.

The case is set to  be mentioned on April 23, 2020.

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