Man risks 20 years imprisonment over alarming Facebook post


A man was on Sunday arrested by detectives from the Department of Criminal Investigations for posting alarming information on Facebook.

Timothy Koech alias Joseph Langat was arrested by the DCI over a post claiming a terror attack was going to be carried out at a college in Nakuru.

“Detectives based in Bomet  have arrested one, Timothy Koech alias Joseph Langat at Chepngaina village for publishing alarming information on Facebook warning that  members of a terror group were to attack an institution of higher learning,” said the DCI.

In the post, the suspect claims his real name is Mohamed and that he hails from Somalia.

“The suspect is in custody pending interrogation over offences of Hoaxes Contrary to Section 26 and Section 30 of Prevention of Terrorism Act,” the DCI added.

Koech now risks being imprisoned for up to twenty years, according to the Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2012.

Section 26 which talks about ‘hoaxes’ states that “A person who issues any information that a terrorist act has been or is likely to be committed, knowing that the information is false, commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years.”

Section 30 on the other hand addresses ‘Possession of an article connected with an offence under the Prevention of Terrorism Act’, and it states that “A person who knowingly possesses an article or any information held on behalf of a person for the use in instigating the commission of, preparing to commit or committing a terrorist act commits an offence, and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment for term not exceeding twenty years.”