A man found himself in court after writing a threatening post on his Facebook page. Simon Muchiri, 22 years old Kenyan said he would shoot president Uhuru Kenyatta direct in the heart if given a gun. According to the prosecutor the young man claimed he would eliminate the president. However, his lawyer defended him saying that he is just a youngster and that was his first crime. He was later released on a cash bail of Ksh 200,000. This is no the first time people found themself in court for insulting the president online. In 2013 a man went into hiding after writing all kinds of insults about President Uhuru on his Facebook page. People have taken this for the norm and are now insulting not only the president but also prominent government officials online. The government has always been looking for the best way to regulate social media platforms with some countries blocking Facebook and Whatsapp completely.
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the public at Muranga Photo source: Statehouse Kenya.
In 2014 Embakasi North member of Parliament Babu Owino publicly insulted president Uhuru Kenyatta together with his mother. The case went up to court but he was released on bail. This is a warning that all Kenyans should be very careful posting on their online social media.