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President Kenyatta Blocks Blogger Abraham Mutai On Twitter After Criticism

Blogger Abraham Mutai. [IMAGE/ COURTESY]

Blogger Abraham Mutai. [IMAGE/ COURTESY]
Blogger Abraham Mutai was on Saturday evening blocked by President Uhuru Kenyatta following a move by the blogger to criticise Mr Kenyatta’s leadership.

Mr Mutai, an ardent supporter of the Jubilee government and a defender of Machakos governor Dr Alfred Mutua found himself on the wrong side, following his highly opinionated tweets on President Kenyatta’s leadership.

Following the block, Mutai vowed to engage a lawyer for a way forward.

“This is completely UNACCEPTABLE and a clear show of intolerance to criticism and it is in itself discriminatory. It is also UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I’m speaking to a lawyer right away,” he tweeted.

Mutai got the backing of renowned lawyer Miguna Miguna who said, “Private individuals can block each other but anyone who occupies public office – legitimately or illegitimately – and Tweets as such does not have any legal basis or excuse to block a citizen of the country they (mis)govern.”

However, a senior adviser, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, Mohamed Weliye was reading from a different script, saying that that was the Presidents personal account, and not public account.

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“But public servants have their private social media accounts in addition to the one that belongs to the office they hold. Trump has 2. Obama had 2. Is this the president’s personal account or is this the account of office of the president,” said Weliye.

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Written by Francis Muli

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