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Worst Kenyan Online Culture!

Worst Kenyan Online Culture

Something very unfortunate occurred a couple of days ago a child in primary school came across very terrifying images of one of the parents who had passed on through a tragic accident. The images were splattered online by strangers, people who wanted to be recognized as being the first ones at the scene and witnessing the ordeal first hand. But what has this done to this child who is currently undergoing counselling.

My question is to the people who take these photos, post them and share them on our social network platforms; Do you know once a photo is posted online it will forever be there? do you know how tormenting it can be for family members to access and revisit these photos over and over again throughout the years?

We have talked about this online practice during our programs with the parents, child protection workers and other partners, but now this has to be screamed out loud.

This Kenyan Online Culture is very worrying, when a road accident occurs people rush to the scene to take photos of the grisly incident and immediately start posting them online. For the past two years, it has been increasingly common occurrence.

As a parent / guardian have you ever exposed these photos/videos to your child unknowingly? Children as young as two years of age can navigate through a phone and access the photos. Question is before you give your child your phone to play games, do you remember to scan through the photos and see if they are appropriate? If you use a social network platform you are well aware that some of them automatically save photos on your phone!

So how do we stop this? Is it through policies and laws being put up against the posting of such photos and video’s online or is it just the humanity in us that will break this habit out of respect for the family members and respect for the departed.

We are writing on behalf of the children in Kenya who use ICT technology. Let’s lead by example and not scare them from an enjoyable online experience.


University student jailed for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta

University student jailed for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta

Alan Wadi Okengo alias Lieutenant Wadi was jailed for two years after pleading guilty on two counts of hate speech and abusing the Head of State.

A fourth-year university student will spend two years in jail for posting on social media unprintable insults against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Alan Wadi Okengo, alias Lieutenant Wadi, was accused of posting the messages on his Facebook account on December 18 and 19 at an unknown place within Kenya.

Wadi, 25, a political science student at Moi University, was arrested as he attempted to sneak out of the country through the Busia border on December 31.

He was brought back to Nairobi CID headquarters where he was interrogated by cybercrime police sleuths.

Wadi, who looked composed, told Milimani Law Courts resident magistrate Ms Ann Kaguru that he was ready to “apologise to President Kenyatta personally if he was not handed down a custodial sentence.”

The charge against the university student stated that “the message he sent was calculated to to bring into contempt the lawful authority of the President of the Republic of Kenya.”


His plea was not factored when he was he was being sentenced after pleading guilty to two charges of hate speech and demeaning authority of a public officer, contrary to Section 132 of the Penal Code.

In her ruling, Ms Kaguru said , “the offence is serious and a deterrent penalty is called for to serve as a warning to others abusing the social media forums.”

She proceeded to pronounce the sentence after saying that “he was convicted on his own plea of guilty.”

A state counsel, Mathew Karori, told the magistrate that the accused was arrested while he was about to cross the border through “panya routes” (unofficial exit) to a neighbouring country.”

Mr Karori urged the court to treat the remorseful student as a first offender although he said the abuse of the social media forum should be discouraged.

Wadi was accused of posting the two offensive messages when National Assembly passed the Security Laws (Amendment) Act No 19 of 2014 on December 18 and the following day when President Kenyatta signed the Bill to become law last year.

The first indictment was that he posted a hate speech message intended to stir up ethnic hatred between various Kenyan communities on the other by alleging a particular tribe should be deported to their home county.

Courtesy of Nation Newspaper:

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