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Alai charged with publishing false information on coronavirus

The police say his tweet was calculated to cause panic and fears among citizens.

In Summary

• He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh50, 000.

• Alai was further ordered not to post anything about the Covid-19 on his social media accounts.

Blogger Robert Alai (left) outside the Milimani Law Courts on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Blogger Robert Alai (left) outside the Milimani Law Courts on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Image: SUSAN MUHINDI

Blogger Robert Alai is has been charged with publishing false information about the coronavirus on his Twitter account.

According to the charge sheet, Alai on March 19 tweeted "Coronavirus: is the Kenyan government hiding COVID-19 related deaths at the port of Mombasa" a statement he knew to be false.

The police say his tweet was calculated to cause panic and fears among Kenyan citizens

Alai appeared on Monday at the Milimani Law Courts before Senior Resident Magistrate Muema Ndungi.

He denied the charges and was released on a cash bail of Sh50, 000.

Alai was further ordered not to post anything about the Covid-19 on his social media accounts.

The matter will be mentioned on April 23.