Twitter Goes Silent As Robert Alai Is Arrested

August 22, 2012

Robert Alai Under Arrest

Robert Alai Alfred Mutua

Yesterday, Twitter users experienced a period of unusual inactivity after ‘tweep in chief ‘, Robert Alai spent part of the day and the whole night at the Kilimani police station. Alai was arrested after claiming that government spokesman Alfred Mutua wanted to kill him, the way he killed human rights activists, Oscar King’ara and Paul Oulu.

Last week, the controversial blogger unleashed a string of tweets in defense of Karen Kandie, a woman allegedly assaulted by Shelter Afrique managing director, Allassan Ba. The tweets that got him into trouble with the government spokesman are:

The foolish government spokesman called Alfred Mutua now threatens me and tells me that he will deal with me. #Justice4Karen #WomenLeadership
Alfred Mutua and Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere need to act and arrest Allassane Ba ASAP.#Justice4Karen

I have just told Alfred Mutua that one day he will leave that power he is misusing.#Justice4Karen
072124**** is Alfred Mutua’s number he is using to threaten me. FOOLISH PIG is drunk with power. #Justice4Karen
Alfred Mutua ordered for the execution of G.P. Oulu and Oscar King’ara calling them Mungiki. He wants to do the same to me. #Justice4Karen

Alai was arrested when he presented himself to record a statement at CID offices in Nairobi. Reportedly, the police had received a complaint from Alfred Mutua and Communication Commission of Kenya.  
 “We summoned him on Thursday and we have taken statements from him. He is under arrest for violating sections 26, 29 and 30 of the Act,” said Nairobi CID boss, Nicholas Kamwende.
The blogger is expected to be arraigned in court today. 
This is not the first time the controversial blogger has courted problems. A few months back, another blogger, Dennis Itumbi, threatened to sue Alai for linking him to some ICC documents the former was arrested for. Just recently, Miguna Miguna also threatened to sue him for distributing his Sh 3300 book ‘Peeling Back The Mask’ in pdf format, free of charge to his thousands of twitter followers.
Robert Alai runs a technology blog , but it’s his twitter presence that is felt most. He boasts of over 20,000 followers majority of whom depend on him for constant activity on their timeline. His frequent tweets, mostly break news before several media houses and for that, he has been regarded by some as a ‘one man media house’.  

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