Kenyan jailed for insulting President Kenyatta

NAIROBI - A Kenyan student has been sentenced to a year in jail for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta on social media.

Alan Wadi Okengo, 25, alias lieutenant Wadi, must also pay a fine of $2,200 (£1,400), or serve a second year.

He was also convicted of hate speech, after saying members of the president's Kikuyu ethnic group should be confined to certain parts of the country.

A prominent blogger was recently charged after calling Mr Kenyatta an "adolescent president".

Kenya has a vibrant social media scene and the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza says the cases have led to fierce debate about what is acceptable online.

Our reporter notes that many people think Okenga overstepped the mark, as they felt his comments were personal abuse that was not fit to be published.

Okenga pleaded guilty to both hate speech and insulting the head of state.

The Daily Nation website reports that he was arrested while trying to flee the country.

The case comes as a Kenyan court suspended sections of a tough new security law which critics say curtails media freedoms.

Comments (6)

Zvimitemo zvekudzvanyirira zvikwese zvokwadi taingoti imhondi dzeZANU PF dzoga dzinoda kurambirira nezvimitemo zvakadaro

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 4 January 2015

The best part of us Africans need to understand what it really means by human rights.Insulting a head of state is nothing short of immorality and lack of respect for national values.also that contradicts our African cultural values nekuti hatituke vakuru

carson Macate - 4 January 2015

I wonder what the world would become if human rights can only be defined only by people like carson.

Tahir Iqbal - 5 January 2015

Hazvisi kuAfrica chete mainini. Where are the weakilikies guy and the CIA guy who exposed NASA's spying on American citizens. Kana muchingofunga kuti kuAfrica chete ndiko kune udzvanyiriri munoda redemption.

Musoni - 8 January 2015

If a head of state can insult other humans, why should he then be protected when others want to hit back? same like Robert. Anotukirira vamwe then ohwanda seri kwemutemo. nxa!

Donato - 8 January 2015

The young man over stepped the mark. I think he is bitter to the extent that he attacks other tribes.

jore - 10 February 2015

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