#AlShabiHubs: Is iHub Now a Den of Attackers, Robbers and Killers?

Is iHub turning in to a very insecure space attracting all manner of criminals? When I got to hear many issues since mid last year, I thought they were isolated events. This got me asking if someone is trying to tarnish the name of iHub. Many innovation spaces were coming up in Nairobi and maybe with the ever dirty business rivalry in Kenya, some top corporate who controls the youth loyality was not loving it.

I also thought that since Erik Hersman who is the main individual behind the iHub is not seeing eye-to-eye, someone might find it very convenient to use me to settle scores with Erik. I ignored these allegations of the prevailing conditions around iHub especially those where allegations of rape, attempted rape, robbery and petty thievery were concerned.

This changed when Idd Salim, who has to rely on handouts from Erik, decided to put it down on a blog post. You need to read in on his blog. The incidents are scary and I just pray that nobody is hurt or killed. I pray that iHub is not turning to what I thought it would turn to because very divergent views and criticisms are not appreciated at the space.

When Nokia and Erik Hersman organised for my assault (will publish how it happened) despite the fact that I was NOT there to meet Elop but had an appointment with David Kobia (he of Mashada), I realized that some thing was not right. I held my assumptions and said lets give them the benefit of doubt.

I believe that the crime around iHub are not isolated but are organised and funded by someone who has very good connections with Erik and others at iHub. I have talked to Gitonga (Afrowave) and Idd Salim about stopping crime around iHub. I have done it around my neighborhood  We can stop it around iHub because the space is not a bad idea and the moment there is too much crime around iHub, even mLab and NaiLab suffers.

Let us stop crime and criminals around iHub. Lets get talking. We can do it in a month.



Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (

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