Controversial Kenyan blogger Cyprian Nayakundi has been released on a Ksh 200,000 cash bail.
This was after he was arrested on Tuesday 24 March and locked up at the Central Police Station over a Coronavirus post he uploaded on his social media page.
He was summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) which he stated that it wanted to detain him without trial despite presenting himself. He went on to call out the DCI claiming that it had become a crack-unit for the government
“I have been released with a cash bail of Ksh. 200,000. This is despite the fact that I presented myself to DCI. They just wanted to detain me without trial. DCI has now become a crack-unit for government and George Kinoti wants all of us to worship him,” read his post.
This comes days after another controversial blogger Robert Alai was also arrested over an alleged fake Coronavirus post where he claimed a patient in Mombasa had died of the disease while the government lied to Kenyans that there had no cases in 48 hours. He was later freed on a Ksh. 50,000 bail and banned from posting anything revolving around the disease.
The government has warned Kenyans to avoid posting misleading information about the disease that may lead to panic among other Kenyans as anyone found guilty would face a fine of five million Kenyan shillings or face imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years or both.
This year, Nyakundi was arrested together with his accomplice Emmanuel Nyamweya over alleged 17.5 million extortion, blackmail, and false accusation. The DCI claimed that the two were arrested at Westgate Mall after they had received Ksh. 1 million from one of their victims Victoria Commercial Bank as a down payment for the 17.5 million they had asked as a precondition of pulling down a libelous post from their website that they allegedly owned.
Nyakundi went ahead to challenge the DCI’s narrative claiming that the police planted the money after his arrest. He claimed that some of the bank’s representatives had called him to have a sit-down with him but their story never added up and he decided to leave. He went on to state that the police had no evidence to charge him with as he only saw what the police called “evidence” on social media after his arrest.