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Uhuru signs bill seeking to jail Kenyans spreading fake news


President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the controversial Computer and Cyber-Crimes Bill 2018 into law.

According to the bill, any Kenyan caught spreading fake news on social media and cyber bullies could land a five year jail term or pay a fine attracting millions in court.

WhatsApp group administrators who condone sharing of fake news or information meant to incite ethnic hatred are also marked for severe punishment.

The bill, tabled in the House by Majority Leader Aden Duale, proposed a Ksh.5 million fine or two years imprisonment for those found guilty of spreading fake news.



Activist Bonniface Mwangi yesterday protested the Bill saying the bill is aimed at stopping Kenyans and the media from publishing mega scandals.

Mwangi however stated that the new law will not stop them from speaking the truth.