President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing sharp criticism for signing the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill 2018 into law.
The bill Signed into law by the President this morning seek to provide for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cyber crimes according to Uhuru Kenyatta.
Under the new law, a person who intentionally publishes false, misleading or fictitious data or misinforms with 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 Sh5million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.
Those found guilty of publishing child pornography are liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty-five years, or to both.
But Uhuru is facing sharp criticism for signing the bill which Kenyans believe is aimed at killing the right to communicate freely.
Below are some reactions from Kenyan;
If GoK is serious about enforcing the Cybercrimes Bill it should start from within itself. Head of Presidential Delivery Dennis Itumbi and his gang of 36 bloggers, some with HSC should be the first ones to be charged. Next, all spokesmen in charge of official GoK Twitter accounts
— Nelson Havi (@NelsonHavi) May 16, 2018
When you vote for thieves to make laws. They’ll always make laws to cover them. Remember this Cybercrimes bill was drafted by looters of public money wanted to mute Kenyans from exposing their theft. President Uhuru Kenyatta you’ve killed freedom of Kenyans by signing it. So sad! pic.twitter.com/z8Dt7bNsly
— Atanas (@atanasi_) May 16, 2018
WHILE WE welcome the assent of Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017 we have asked our lawyers to comb through the new law for potentially unconstitutional provisions. We expect that the new law will not tamper with provisions of Articles 4(2), 10, 35, 75 46(1)(a) and 232 pic.twitter.com/m5083HMIL4
— Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) (@ConsumersKenya) May 16, 2018
Cybercrimes Bill 2017, is it really intended for criminals or just bloggers giving corrupt and incompetent KE government officials hard time?
It tries to criminalize fake news; the biggest purveyors of fake news is the government itself. By the way who decides what fake news is?
— Dr. Salah Abdi Sheikh (@salahpresents) May 16, 2018
Only African leaders esp those who have never won a credible election like @KagutaMuseveni @PaulKagame @UKenyatta etc are busy signing laws to gag social media & kill online conversations. They want to rule in a state of darkness.
Cybercrimes Bill is unconstitutional.
— Musamali ❄ (@austinmusamali) May 16, 2018
Is the Cybercrimes Bill, signed into law by President @UKenyatta trying to silence whistle blowers? Corrupt individuals & public funds looters maybe the biggest beneficiaries. Only time will tell.
— Phil Mwangi (@Phil_MikeMwangi) May 16, 2018