Kenyan Blogger Robert Alai Arrested Over 'Sensitive' Story

  • Controversial blogger Robert Alai Onyango was arrested and detained at Kamukunji Police Station on Friday morning.

    Alai confirmed the arrest on his Facebook account indicating that he was blocked by 4 flying squad cars while driving into town before being apprehended.

    The blogger said he was ordered out of his vehicle at gunpoint by officers from the Special Crimes Unit and put in a police vehicle before being taken to the station.

    "They blocked the road and ordered me out at gunpoint. I was then bundled into another car and driven to Kamkunji police station where I am since 10 am on Friday," Alai stated.

    An officer in the unit affirmed to the Standard that they arrested Alai over a ‘sensitive story’ he had written on his blog, Kahawatungu.

    The officer who sought anonymity said a senior member of the "society" had complained over a story the blogger wrote recently.

    Alai, however, argued that he had not been informed of the reasons behind his apprehension but could tell it is about a story he wrote on his blog touching on prominent personalities.

    After Alai's arrest, other bloggers took online and created a hashtag dubbed 'FreeAlai' calling for his release.

    Here is his statement on Facebook:

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