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Activist behind the viral misleading #StoploaningKenya protest poster freed

Edwin Kiama the Kenyan activist behind the poster of President Uhuru Kenyatta that went viral has finally been freed.

Kiama was released earlier today on a Ksh 500,000 cash bail after denying the cybercrime charges leveled against him at the Milimani law courts where he was arraigned yesterday.

The case will be mentioned on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, for further orders.

Kiama was accused of producing public notice posters using President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s images, which were used to incite international lenders against Kenya and the President.

During the release, Edwin was barred from Social media usage of his social account and further ordered to report to the investigating officer daily for the next 10 days.

The activist was remanded for a day after the prosecution had earlier asked to have him detained for 14 days, as they concluded investigations into the matter.

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.

“Citizens of the Republic of Kenya public notice Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta ID No.36023414, this is to notify the world at large that the person whose photograph and names appear above is not authorized to act or transact on behalf of the citizens of the republic of Kenya and that the nation and our future generations shall not be held liable for any penalties of bad loans negotiated and /or borrowed by him”. Read the publication.

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

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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