CS: Kenya will not shut down internet during polls

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By Margaret Kalekye/KNA

The Government has no intention of shutting down the internet during the next general election contrary to what happened in some neighboring country.

Information, Communications and Technology Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru however reminded Kenyans to use social media responsibly.

He said the Government reserved the right to take any measures necessary to ensure the maintenance of public order, adding that his Ministry was working closely with the Ministry of Interior in assessing threats and preparing for any eventuality.

A section of Kenyans had expressed fears over a possible social media clampdown which has happened in a number of African nations during polls.

Last year, the Ugandan government blocked access to social media on mobile phones on Election Day a move that elicited condemnation globally.

Human rights groups termed the action by President Yowero Musevi as a blatant violation of Ugandans’ fundamental rights to freedom of expression and to seek and receive information.

The Kenyan CS assured that the government had no intention of curtailing the citizens’ freedom of expression.

He however warned citizens from restraining themselves from publishing inflammatory material that may lead to violence and lack of peace.

He was responding to a questions from reporters while in Nyeri County after assessing progress made in the implementation of the Digital Literacy Program.

He noted that the last school in the county will be connected to the program Friday.

The Cabinet Secretary added that all the schools in the country had been connected to power while those that were off-grid had been provided with solar panels to power the laptop project.

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