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Ugandan David Matsanga, 7 bloggers face probe over social media incitement

Wednesday May 28 2014

Ugandan scholar Dr David Matsanga addressing the media in the past. ANN KAMONI

Ugandan scholar Dr David Matsanga addressing the media in the past. ANN KAMONI 

The National Steering Committee on Media Monitoring has recommended investigations on controversial Ugandan scholar David Matsanga for alleged incitement on social media.

In a press statement, the committee picked out seven bloggers in connection to extreme hate speech, incitement and use of obscenities on their social media postings.

The bloggers; John Mutuku, Abdul Majid Mohammed, Joseph Mwangi, Wycliffe Ojijo, Tony Lijodi, Esther Wanjala, Simon Mbugua have been named and the committee is engaging Facebook administrator for identification after which the committee recommends they be prosecuted.

“We commend the NCIC and the DPP for the arrest and prosecution of hate speech perpetrators on Social Media,” said the committee chair Mary Ombara.

The committee however recommended the urgent re-institution of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission.

'I WILL PAY THE PRICE'

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Mr Matsanga said he was ready to be summoned and be investigated as he has never incited anyone.

“I have always known that as long as I stand firm against ICC cases and deliver a blow to the ICC fake cases of Kenya, I will pay the price for being patriotic to Kenya and Africa,” he added.

Matsanga told Nation.co.ke that he would not relent in the fight against the ICC in the Kenyan cases and will take the summons as a preparation for his defence on the ICC suspects.

“It will not hurt my soul for having stood for the truth when defending Uhuru Kenyatta and Ruto and Sang,” he added.

Matsanga who is Ugandan has been vocal on the ICC cases where he has cited through his Facebook account several times that the cases we ‘manufactured’.

The committee issued guidelines for bloggers to observe urging them to think over carefully and confirm the veracity of your content before going online in conformity with the NCIC Act and Sexual offences act.

It further urged that bloggers should desist from posting comments that are extremely emotive and abusive and avoid commenting just for the sake of it.