Government Warns Social Media Users

A senior government official has warned social media users that security forces will arrest those sharing messages or information deemed inflammatory after a disputed election.

Several people have already been detained.

Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi on Saturday confirmed that several people who have been sharing “incendiary” messages aimed at sparking political unrest in the country have been arrested.

Matiangi, who was speaking on behalf of the government before national and international media, also warned that “the government will stop at nothing to protect lives and property of Kenyans.”

… News of the arrests has raised concerns among social media users in the country, who are now afraid of being arbitrarily detained by police and security agents.

… Residents of Kisumu told a DW correspondent that they wished the situation could return to normal, because they were now living in fear of their lives.

Deutsche Welle