Man petitions court to suspend controversial cyber-crime law

President Uhuru Kenyatta signing the controversial law at statehouse last week PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA:A man has gone to court seeking suspension of the controversial cybercrime law signed by president Uhuru Kenyatta last week.

Geoffrey Maina who moved to the Milimani law court on Monday afternoon argues that the law could hinder the access of information by members of public.

“The act was rushed through and passed without public participation,” said Maina

Through Manyonge Wanyama advocates, Maina argues that the cybercrime act seems to be oppressive and claims the law is a threat in his right to privacy as stated under article 31 of the Kenyan constitution that gives Kenyans the freedom of expressing themselves in anyway.

“Some sections of the act are also unreasonable as they restrict citizens’ right of access to information under article 35 of the constitution,” said Maina

The law signed by the president last weeks provides tough penalties against cyber bullying, spreading of fake news and sharing of pornographic content.