Court detains suspect for two days over Facebook post claiming CS Matiang’i is in ICU battling COVID-19

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Isaac Kibet was on Monday arraigned in a Nairobi court and charged with publishing a social media post alleging that Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i had tested positive for COVID-19.

Kibet was detained for two days to allow completion of police probe and the matter was set for mentioning on Wednesday.

Prosecution opposed his release on bail saying he would interfere with the Facebook account as well as the evidence and witnesses likely to be called in the case, further requesting for a 14-day detention period.

The defense, in turn, opposed this application saying it was an infringement on the suspect’s rights, adding that he (Kibet) already surrendered his laptop and phones with all passwords.

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Magistrate Martha Mutuku, in her ruling, said she had carefully considered the submissions and taken into account the nature of investigations.

The suspect was arrested on Saturday by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives at Ngeria area in Uasin Gishu County.