Edwin Kiama, an activist who was arrested on Tuesday 6 April 2021 has made it clear that he has no apologies to make over his viral posts that have allegedly been used to attack President Uhuru Kenyatta or his deputy William Ruto.
Kiama is currently in police custody on grounds of cyberbullying told journalists on Wednesday 7 April 2021 that he was not going to apologize for being a Kenyan.
“Apologize for what? I have no apologies to make for being a Kenyan,” Kiama told the press.
Kiama through his Twitter account had shared posters asking the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other money lending organizations not to lend money to the country.
The posters had a picture of the head of state stating that he should not transact any business on behalf of Kenyans.
Kenyans used the posters with the hashtag #stoplendingKenya which has since gone viral as several Kenyans maintained that the money would be used by a section of bigwigs who are in the government.
The uproar and a petition signed by over 250,000 Kenyans asking the IMF to cancel the loan of Ksh. 255 billion loan it gave the government forced them to respond.
In a statement, the IMF said that it had noted the vulnerability of the financial sector to the risks posed by the laundering of the proceeds of corruption.
It explained that it will, therefore, continue to use AML/CFT measures to support anti-corruption efforts.
It added that the loan would be given in phases within three years and reviews would also be conducted to ensure compliance.
Since his arrested, the activist has gained a lot of support and it has been reported that among his lawyers is former Kirinyaga County aspirant and National Rainbow Coalition Kenya (Narc-K) party leader Martha Karua.
Another activist who also doubles up as a photographer Boniface Mwangi said that the police were accusing Edwin Kiama of making public notice asking the world to stop lending the government money.
He former Starehe Member of Parliament aspirant added that the money President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto borrow is stolen.
Kenyans have been camping on social media demanding Kiama’s release stating that his arrest proves that he was right.