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Kenya Signs Draconian Computer Misuse Bill Into Law

Kenya Signs Draconian Computer Misuse Bill Into Law Kenya Signs Draconian Computer Misuse Bill Into Law
Bennie Garza | 17 May, 2018, 16:57

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has lauded the President's decision to sign into law the Cybercrimes Bill.

The Act, which spells out stiff punishment to cybercriminals, provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes.

The Computer and Cybercrimes Bill, 2017 states that any person who violates one of the 17 offences outlined by the Bill will be convicted and sentenced to fines or imprisonment, depending on the offence.

"Fake news is an offence under this bill, even when you receive fake news and forward it to another person, that's an offence in this bill", Duale had said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the signing of the bill.

Similarly, sharing pornography through the various electronic means will attract a maximum of Sh300,000 or 10 years in prison, or both if convicted.

The new law has made allowances to mitigate this with hackers facing a fine of Sh5 million shillings or a three-year jail term or both for unauthorised access, interference, interception, and disclosure of passwords and cyber espionage.

Previous attempts to impose some control on social media users were met with accusations that the government was out to limit free speech.

The objective of the Bill is to "protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer systems, programs and data", "prevent the unlawful use of computer systems", "facilitate the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes", and "facilitate worldwide co-operation on matters".

He has appended his signature to the bill which automatically becomes Cyber crimes Act.

Through his Twitter handle, Statehouse spokesman, Manoah Esipisu announced the signing of the Bill by the President into law yesterday, sparking online uproar among media stakeholders.

Last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urged President Kenyatta not to sign into law to the Bill, saying it stifles press freedom.

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