Controversial blogger Robert Alai was yesterday arrested by CID officers for tweets and blog posts he posted some time back, concerning former Siaya Governor aspirant William Oduol.
Early last month, Alai, through one of his blogs – Omundu khumundu, published an article claiming that Oduol is a wife batterer.
With supporting pictures, Alai claimed that Nancy (Oduol’s alleged wife’s name), was now jobless after exhausting her sick leave.
Allegedly, Oduol and Nancy had now separated but not divorced.
The former gubernatorial candidate, according to the post, has been in and out of courts with domestic violence cases since 2001. “She has failed to get justice from the courts because William Oduol has all the money to bribe everyone he want to.” The post continues to say.
When that article went viral, Oduol responded with the following statement.
To all my supporters,
I would like to inform you all that the pictures doing the rounds are not those of my wife and that some idiot is again trying to besmirch my character. The same photos were released in January during campaigns by Jakoyo Midiwo and his ilk. I am aware that the court petition I submitted on monday might have upset some folks. They must be informed that I have a thick skin and this is not going to break me down. Those that are very close to me know who my wife is and can confirm that the photo being circulated is not that of her.
When I get home this evening, I shall try and take a shot with my wife together with one of my daughters who is home for holidays. Please give this posting the contempt card it deserves.
This is my wife during ODM primaries in January. Does she look like that photo being sent all over the place? Please ignore propagandist and let us focus on substantive issues.
Oduol did not stop at that. He went ahead and sued Alai for defamation. The blogger’s charge sheet read as follows.
Posting annoying message on Twitter contrary to section 29 (B) of the Kenya Information and Communication Act…
Yesterday, the blogger, as if denying all charges, posted the following on his Facebook page.
Ask William Oduol why CID officers under the command of Mr Kariuki are detaining me without any charges yet. Being detained since 11 AM. They can’t charge me because they know that they have no case. Ask him also where I posted the offending messages. He either produce the screenshots or the links to the messages.
Daily Post, Jackal News, Nairobi Wi(re) and others have all presented writings against Oduol. He is bitter about nothing. IRONIC that we fought for Oduol during the last ODM nominations thinking he was the best option. William Oduol is proving that power makes him very corrupt. This is going to be a very good lesson to Oduol. Let him fool himself.
BTW I went to court knowing that Oduol was misusing the justice system and wanting me arrested. That is why I was prepared to go into a police cell.
Robert Alai is now becoming a regular in those police cells. Recently, he was arrested for bad mouthing Francis Kimemia, and some time back for doing the same to Alfred Mutua.