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Woman arrested, detained in Langata prison for hate speech

A woman from Kisii was on Friday detained at the Lang’ata Women Prison after failing to raise a Sh 200,000 release bond slapped on her at the Milimani Law Court.

Olivier Nyabwazi Mopraira aka Kabz Nyar Kisii is facing a charge of ethnic contempt contrary to section 62(1) of the National Cohesion and Integration Act No.12 of 2008.

According to her charge sheet, the blogger uploaded a post with “words which calculated to feelings of hatred against two tribes on one hand and other tribes living in Kenya on the other.”

Earlier on Friday, Nyabwazi, who normally churns out Facebook pages that are critical of the government, resorted to raising cash via Facebook to facilitate her bail, a move that attracted both sympathizers and critics.

Nyabwazi was reportedly picked by undercover plain officers who suddenly appeared at her home in Kisii, and immediately transferred to Nairobi to face these charges.