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Activist behind the viral President Uhuru Poster and #stoplendingKenya hashtag arrested

Edwin Kiama the Kenyan activist behind the poster of President Uhuru Kenyatta that went viral has been arrested and taken to Milimani law courts for arraignment earlier today.

Reports privy to his arrest indicate that the activist Mr. Kiama is to face cybercrime-related offenses, with the police accusing him of making a public notice to the global lending body.

“The police are accusing him of making a public notice asking the world to stop lending money to Kenya,” activist Boniface Mwangi stated.   

This is after the advocate took to his official Twitter handle @wanjirurevolt sharing the posters while warning the International Monitory Fund against lending money to Kenya.

The viral posters had a photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta indicating that he should not be transacting any business on behalf of the Kenyans.

The publications were then picked by Kenyans online with the hashtag #stoplendingKenya that has been trending since Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Arguing that the funds would only benefit a few specific people who have direct access to the government and their cronies.

The uproar prompted the lending institution to respond stating that the money would be released in phases, and after conducting due diligence and compliance.

“We have noted the vulnerability of the financial sector to the risks posed by the laundering of the proceeds of corruption, and we will, therefore, continue to use AML/CFT measures to support anti-corruption efforts. 

“We will continue to support efforts of the Financial Reporting Centre (FRC) towards encouraging and strengthening the use of financial intelligence to trace proceeds of corruption by sharing relevant financial intelligence with law enforcement agencies,” Kenya pledged.

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Written by Fred Orido

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