DCI warns Kenyans using social media to spread misinformation, incite violence

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 21:46 | By
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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has warned Kenyans against using social media to spread misinformation and inciting violence.

In a statement on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, DCI noted that several social media users were misusing the platforms to cause fear under the veil of freedom of expression.

"The attention of the DCI has been drawn to misinformation and incitement to violence through the abuse of social media platforms, under the veil of freedom of expression. Regrettably, this has caused fear and panic among peace-loving Kenyans," the statement read in part.

"Whereas the freedom of expression is guaranteed in our Constitution, its enjoyment should not be used as a tool to promote and justify mayhem and lawlessness. In this regard, the DCI wishes to advise that online incitement to violence falls out of the spectrum of Constitutional protection and is criminal as per Sections 22 and 23 of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act of 2018."

The crime busters have vowed to arrest anyone found spreading misinformation and inciting violence on social media.

"The DCI shall continue to execute its mandate as prescribed by law and will process any lawbreakers for prosecution without fear, favour or ill will. We further commend all law-abiding Kenyans who have been supporting us is our quest for a peaceful society by abiding to the tenets of law and order," the statement added.

The statement comes ahead of three-day anti-government protests announced by Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party from Wednesday, July 19 to Friday, July 21, 2023.

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