Kenyan blogger Robert Alai has been freed on a cash bail of Ksh 300,000 after spending 13 days in police custody.
Robert Alai was arrested on 18th June after he shared photos of police officers who died when the vehicle they were in run over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Wajir.
Appearing before Milimani Magistrate Francis Andayi, Alai was charged with promoting acts of terrorism.
The National Police Service condemned the act saying that it meant glorifying the acts of terrorism as well as cause despondency to the armed forces, families of the victims and the unity of the country.
Also arrested alongside Robert Alai were Police Warder Patrick Safari and Administration Police Wilfred Kipkemei Maiyo for the offense of sharing the images.
Safari was arrested by detectives in Kitui who tracked him immediately after sharing the images.
Inside the court, the Anti-Terror Police led prosecution side has requested for 30 more days to complete investigations.
Alai, however, said that he will continue to speak for the poor police officers who are neglected and their allowances taken by “wakubwa”
“We must give our men and women who die wearing uniform, respect, dignity and honor they deserve.
We shouldn’t treat our cops like dogs. I am angry!!” Said Alai
Kenyans on social media called for the release of the blogger on grounds that he was being held with no charges.
“In the past, journalists have been fired from media stations because a call came from Statehouse. Miguna was deported because he was fearless and his ideas scared the government.Alai and Kipkemei are in jail because of sharing truthful images.Arresting them is just the beginning.” Said activist Boniface Mwangi
A fund was also created to facilitate his release by paying his legal fees.