Cybercrime 2017 bill needs to be passed to aid conviction of criminals,Says Kinoti

Mr George Kinoti,

Nairobi, KENYA: The Director Of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has said that there is need to fast track the passing of the computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017 in order to deal with Cyberbullying, which is on the rise in the country.

Speaking before the National Assemblies committee on security and National Administration, on Tuesday Kinoti said that they have enough evidence for convicting suspects but the perpetrators are always left scot-free by the courts because there is no law to convict them.

He also noted that cyberbullying which is an emerging crime in the country, not only is it affecting MPs but also Financial Institutions and many Corporates in different sectors.

On her part Muranga Women representative Sabina Chege who brought up the matter on the floor of the house,complaining how conmen had been registering mobile numbers of MPs and using them to solicit funds,blamed the service providers for not dealing with the issue days after she made an official complaint claiming that she already knows the culprit after doing her investigations.

Joseph Onguto who represented the CEO of Safaricom Bob Collymore said that the law prohibits them from accessing or intercepting data on their networks.

The speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi last week directed the house committee to conduct a probe on rising cases of cyberbullying,a directive that came following complaints of rampant cases of cyberbullying targetted at the lawmakers,as some revealed how they have been conned off money and others complaining of receiving disturbing photos and messages from criminals who access their numbers.