Proposal To Have Heavy Penalty Imposed On Those Behind Cyberbullying In Kenya

Kenyan lawmaker Aden Duale wants the internet to be regulated to preserve public morality, cultural and religious values.

Mr Duale has introduced a bill in the Parliament that proposes a 25-year jail term for any person who knowingly publishes pornography through a computer system, produces pornography for the purpose of its publication through a computer system and download, distribute, transmit, disseminate, circulate, deliver, exhibit, lend for gain other actions.

“A person who spreads or possesses pornography in a computer system or on a computer data storage medium; commits an offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding Sh20 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 25 years, or both,” read part of the Bill.

The Bill further proposes similar penalties to those who publish electronic messages to lure people to join or participate in terrorist activities.

“Sadly, this remains unregulated and as a result crafty person having been preying on the young people to join cults, to believe in weird religious activities and are completely brainwashing the youths,” Duale lamented.

Kenya has recently witnessed an increase in incidences where nude videos of prominent people have been widely shared on social media.

The latest victim is Presidential hopeful and former UNCTAD boss Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi. In the video that went viral on social media, Mukhisa was filmed laying naked while his alleged lover enjoyed a glass of wine.

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