Blogger Alai released by police after ‘Jomo’ intervenes
Controversial blogger Robert Alai is a free man after spending more than 24 hours in police custody.
“I am out,” Alai confirmed via his official Facebook page at about 4:4pm on Saturday.
The blogger, without substantiating, also thanked one “Jomo” for helping him secure freedom.
He however went on to blast “some people” whom he did not name, for misusing the police force and the name of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Alai also went on to suggest the government had deployed four flying squad cars to arrest him.
He was reportedly blocked off a public road by plain clothes police officers and arrested at gunpoint.
Earlier, Alai’s arrest and detention elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans on social media, with a majority calling for his release.
Interestingly, Alai’s arrest was initially announced via his own Facebook account, leading to speculation the popular social media user has shared his Facebook password to a confidant who could help him relay information in the event he landed in trouble.
Alai’s arrest was the most discussed subject on social media by Kenyans on Saturday, under the #FreeAlai hashtag.
#FreeAlai I don't know what to feel about Alai.
— Paul Nyongesa (@PaulNyongesa9) August 19, 2017
Wasn't Alai in bed with Jubilee? Acha nicheke tu
— Ken Nzuki ?? (@RegularKenyan) August 19, 2017
On another angle, it will be thoroughly interesting to know on what law will the Kenyattas charge Alai. This is just drama #FreeAlai
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) August 19, 2017
Alai was arrested at gunpoint..Is the KANU regime back #FreeAlai
— Wekesa Felix (@Wekesir_Felix) August 19, 2017
I dont like Alai but again for what reason is he arrested!? this is madness! Dictatorship #FreeAlai
— MAKAVELI MAKAVELI (@MakaveliKelvin) August 19, 2017