Tuesday June 18, 2019 - Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested renowned blogger Robert Alai on Tuesday, hours after warning him about photos posted on his Twitter account.

Alai was condemned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission on Monday along with the National Police Service for posting photos of police officers who were killed at Wajir on Saturday.

The statement signed by Commission Secretary Hassan Mohamed noted that the photos glorify acts of terrorism and create fear among police officers.

The Commission said the photos, if shared, will hurt victims' families and interfere with the country’s unity.

“Whereas Alai has the freedom of expression, such publication can be interpreted as propaganda for war which is not protected under the Constitution of Kenya,” read the statement.

On the other hand, NPS said it was disappointed to note that some individuals had opted to callously disregard common decency of showing respect to the departed and their families by circulating the gruesome photos on social media.

“The unfeeling act of posting pictures of our fallen heroes online by one blogger is very unfortunate and inhumane,” read the statement in parts.

But in a rejoinder, Alai accused NCIC of failing to execute its mandate, adding that it had failed to address the issues of tribal clashes in Marsabit.

“I haven’t seen NCIC condemn ethnic appointments in government or address the real issues threatening cohesion like the current fights in Marsabit,” Alai said.

Alai is set to record a statement at DCI headquarters in Nairobi along Kiambu Road.


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