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Matiangi Speaks on Closing Down Twitter & Facebook, Sends This Warning to Kenyans

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr.Fred Matiangi has cleared the air on how the government will deal with individuals who use their social media accounts to undermine national security.

Interior CS Dr Fred Matiangi addressing the media at Bomas of Kenya today [Photo/Courtesy]

Matiangi's clarification comes as a result of rising fears among Kenyans that the government may close down the activities of social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook following a similar move by the federal government of Nigeria.

It will be recalled that the federal government of Nigeria early this month suspended the activities of Twitter, citing national security as its chief reason.

Speaking during the launch of National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) Strategical Plan 2021-2025 at Bomas of Kenya on Wednesday 30th June, CS Matiangi said that the government through his ministry has already identified and is prepared to deal with individuals who undermine or threaten National Security via social media.

Giving example with Kenyans who use the social media platforms to send messages that may cause war or tribal divisions at a time the country is heading into the 2022 election,Matiangi warned that such individuals are set for hard times ahead. He said that the people involved will be traced and made to face the full face of the law.

However, the CS clarified that Kenya will not shut down any social media platform as it has been witnessed in other countries. He said that Kenya is a law abiding country and will not take any decision that undermines the rights of an individual, media houses or other organisations.

"I want to say that as a law abiding nation, we will not be involved in closing down of social media accounts as it has been witnessed in other countries. However I encourage Kenyans to avoid any activities that may undermine national security," Matiangi said.

"We have already identified some few individuals who are involved. I want to warn Kenyans to resist from doing this because if you continue, we will trace you and make sure you face the full force of the law," he added.

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