Activist Edwin Mutemi Kiama will be held in custody until Thursday, April 7, when a court will decide whether to release him or continue detaining him.
Police had sought 14 more weeks to conclude investigations into a poster of President Uhuru Kenyatta, which has been trending on social media.
Milimani court senior resident magistrate Jane Kamau heard that the accused was suspected of contravening several Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act provisions.
In an affidavit, investigating officer Patrick Kibowen noted that the accused could have forged a publication against Section 22(1) as read with Section 22(2) thereof.
According to police files, the alleged offense took place between April 5 and 6, 2021, by way of publication on social media.
“The preliminary investigations have revealed that the Twitter handles “Mwarimu Mutemi wa Kiama”@Mutemi WaKiama and “Wanjiku Revolution” @WanjikuRevolt on which the alleged criminal publication was created is linked to Kiama,” reads part of the affidavit.
He will remain in detention at Central Police Station until Thursday.
The activist who was nabbed yesternight is reported to have made a notice with President Kenyatta’s face and ID number cautioning the world against entering into a loan agreement with him on behalf of the country.
Over the weekend, Kenyans took to social media to protest a move by International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve the government’s Sh255 billion loan.
The netizens went further to the IMF pages and questioned the Jubilee administration’s insatiable appetite for loans, arguing that the government can’t account for the ones it had taken before.
Many of the Kenyans, who have since signed an online petition to ‘compel’ IMF to cancel the loan, were distressed by some of the government projects which had been marred by corruption.
Kenyans have neeb frustrated and stressed by the tough economic times, which is highly caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has rendered many jobless, with many business owners closing down their businesses.