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Arresting bloggers spoiling Jubilee name, MP tells Uhuru

26 January 2016, 18:45 William Korir

Nairobi - Bloggers should be left alone to occupy their space, an MP has said, accusing the government of attempting to spoil the name of the Jubilee Coalition with the arrests.

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria says that the arrest of the bloggers under ridiculous circumstances will only spoil the coalition's name.

The bloggers have been arrested for a series of reasons in recent weeks, most to do with the apparent negative portrayal of the government on social media.

Yassin Juma, Roberta Alai, Cyprian Nyakundi, Patrick Msafari, Seth Odongo, Charles Dienya, Anthony Mburu, Eddy Illah, Phelix G-Cord and George Nyongesa are the bloggers that have been arrested, a move which Kuria says is suicidal for the ruling coalition.

" We do not want to pass the message that the government does not allow people to have their feelings and to make their opinions known and felt which is a Constitutional requirement," he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to leave the bloggers alone to prevent the CORD Coalition taking advantage of the situation.

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" The opposition is taking advantage of the situation. It is important that we do not allow them gain leverage in areas that can be avoided," he added.

The CORD Coalition has already jumped on the bandwagon with Siaya Senator James Orengo taking over the legal aspect of the cases.

" We will represent the bloggers because it is obvious that their Constitutional rights have been violated," he added.

Just recently, former NTV journalist Yassin Juma was arrested by Police over what was termed as improper use of a social media gadget.

He was accused of sharing information on the recent attack on a KDF camp in Somalia.

He was released Monday with no charge.

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