Prominent Kenyan activist Mutemi wa Kiama was arrested on Tuesday,6 over cybercrime offenses.
This was revealed on Wednesday morning by rights activist Boniface Mwangi.
According to Activist Boniface Mwangi, the police accuse Kiama of making a viral notice with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s image warning the world against entering into loan agreements with him on behalf of the country.
— Mwarimū Mūtemi wa Kīama (@MutemiWaKiama) April 6, 2021
There is also another notice claiming that President Kenyatta’s deputy, William Ruto, is not suitable to hold public office.
“He’s being taken to court this morning on cybercrime offences,” said Mwangi.
Activist Edwin Kiama was arrested last evening. He's being taken to court this morning on cyber crime offences. The police are accusing him of making the below public notice asking the world to stop lending money to Kenya. The money Uhuruto borrows is stolen. #ReleaseKiama pic.twitter.com/rNRJlheeIN
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) April 7, 2021
The notices have been trending on social media since early this week.
Over the weekend, Kenyans took to social media to protest a move by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve Kenya’s Sh255 billion loan.
Please continue with the hashtag #ReleaseKiama and save me from this oppressive government, they're now threatening to make me rot in jail if i don't post an apology on #IMFStopLoaningKenya. Thank you everyone for your support
— Mwarimù Mùtemi Wa Kìama (@MutemiwaKiamaa) April 6, 2021
Taking to IMF pages, Kenyans questioned the Jubilee administration’s insatiable appetite for loans, saying the government can’t account for the ones it has taken before.
— Shikoh Kihika (@Shikohkihika) April 6, 2021
Kenyans have invaded the @IMFLive Uko Mukuru kwa Zuckerberg. And yes, we have some progress. Our case is under investigation. Keep tweeting until they listen. #stoploaningkenya #InternationalMonetaryFund #IMFStopLoaningKenya #IMFloan #ThiefOfTheLoans #Samidoh pic.twitter.com/N9lweyi76F
— Peculiar Kenyan (@maryannkareh) April 6, 2021
Many of the Kenyans, who have since signed an online petition to ‘compel’ IMF to cancel the loan, were aggrieved by some of the government projects which had been marred by corruption.
Yesterday, Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW), highlighted the grievances posing, “Is there any logic to the IMF giving loans to governments, which have demonstrated a clear lack of accountability processes?”