18 June 2019

Kenya: NCIC Says Blogger Alai's Wajir Attack Posts Glorify Terrorism

Photo: Dennis Onsongo/Daily Nation
Blogger Robert Alai and his co-accused Mr Patrick Safari in a Nairobi court on June 19, 2019.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has condemned blogger Robert Alai for posting on social media bodies of police officers who died in a terror attack in Wajir on Saturday.

In a statement to media houses released on Monday, the commission warned the blogger against sharing of such photos which it said amounted to glorifying acts of terrorism.

NCIC described Mr Alai's action as illegal, saying that the photos are likely to cause unnecessary alarm to the public and also affect the bereaved families negatively.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS

"The commission strongly condemns the sharing of these photos as [they are] construed as glorifying acts of terrorism. The sharing of such photos also had the potential to cause despondency amongst the country's armed forces as well as negatively affect the families of the victims and the unity of the country," read the statement signed by the commission's secretary Hassan Mohamed.

The commission urged the blogger to pull down the photos from his social media platforms and also cautioned other social media users against sharing the photos on their platforms.

TWEET

NCIC was reacting to the blogger's post which he tweeted on Monday castigating the manner in which the police were transporting the bodies of the slain officers.

During the attack on Saturday Morning, 12 police officers were killed when their vehicle ran over a landmine at Kotoni centre as they pursued attackers who had raided the village on Friday evening.

But Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai said the number of police officers who were on board the patrol vehicle that was hit by the landmine were 11.

Kenya

Director of Public Prosecutions Orders Arrest of Treasury Chief Rotich

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest of Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich among… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Nation

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.