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MP John Kiarie freed after admitting social media post not factual, to offer apology

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The Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie has been released after being grilled by detectives over his social media post on the number of people quarantined by the national government over coronavirus pandemic.

The MP, who is popularly known as KJ, said he is remorseful and acknowledged that what he posted was not factual.

Police officers who grilled him said that he was humble and did not argue about his post, admitting that it was the wrong platform to share his personal sentiments.

KJ was released before the curfew deadline at 7 pm and since he was with his entourage, he was allowed to go home early to avoid getting in more trouble for violating the nightly lockdown.

The MP said he would clarify and apologise for the post.

The Dagoretti MP came under harsh criticism for claiming that over 7,000 people were quarantined by the government, a figure the Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said was overly exaggerated.

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CS Kagwe said that only 2,050 people are under quarantine in 14 government hotels and facilities across the country.

The MP had earlier presented himself to the Kabete Police Station after he was summoned by detectives for his alarming post.

During his Sunday briefing, Kagwe blasted the MP even though he did not mention him by name.

The CS accused the Jubilee MP of seeking to gain cheap political mileage by overly exaggerating figures about quarantined people.

So far, 42 people in Kenyan have tested positive for coronavirus.

Blogger Alai

Compared to the punishment meted on controversial blogger Robert Alai for publishing false information relating to the coronavirus pandemic in Kenya, MP Kiarie walked with a slap on the wrist.

Alai was not only gagged from commenting or publishing on his Twitter and Facebook accounts but also charged.

Mr. Alai was charged on Monday, March 23, and released on bail pending the hearing and determination of his case.

The blogger had accused the government of not being forthright in its coronavirus updates in post published on March 19.

The prosecution contended that Alai’s post was intended to sow panic among Kenyans.

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Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 17,989,765
    World
    Confirmed: 17,989,765
    Active: 5,992,739
    Recovered: 11,309,336
    Death: 687,690
  • South Africa 503,290
    South Africa
    Confirmed: 503,290
    Active: 152,676
    Recovered: 342,461
    Death: 8,153
  • Egypt 94,316
    Egypt
    Confirmed: 94,316
    Active: 48,345
    Recovered: 41,137
    Death: 4,834
  • Nigeria 43,537
    Nigeria
    Confirmed: 43,537
    Active: 22,567
    Recovered: 20,087
    Death: 883
  • Ghana 35,501
    Ghana
    Confirmed: 35,501
    Active: 3,223
    Recovered: 32,096
    Death: 182
  • Kenya 21,363
    Kenya
    Confirmed: 21,363
    Active: 12,580
    Recovered: 8,419
    Death: 364
  • Ethiopia 17,999
    Ethiopia
    Confirmed: 17,999
    Active: 10,520
    Recovered: 7,195
    Death: 284
  • Zimbabwe 3,659
    Zimbabwe
    Confirmed: 3,659
    Active: 2,579
    Recovered: 1,011
    Death: 69
  • Somalia 3,212
    Somalia
    Confirmed: 3,212
    Active: 1,557
    Recovered: 1,562
    Death: 93
  • South Sudan 2,352
    South Sudan
    Confirmed: 2,352
    Active: 1,131
    Recovered: 1,175
    Death: 46
  • Namibia 2,224
    Namibia
    Confirmed: 2,224
    Active: 2,042
    Recovered: 171
    Death: 11
  • Rwanda 2,042
    Rwanda
    Confirmed: 2,042
    Active: 918
    Recovered: 1,119
    Death: 5
  • Tanzania 509
    Tanzania
    Confirmed: 509
    Active: 305
    Recovered: 183
    Death: 21
  • Burundi 395
    Burundi
    Confirmed: 395
    Active: 90
    Recovered: 304
    Death: 1
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