Kenya's Trending Topics on May 16, 2018

  • Kenyans were on Wednesday searching for activist lawyer Okiya Omtatah after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017.

    Netizens who commented on the assent aired their concerns over how the new law would be interpreted.

    Majority of the commentators were convinced that law enforcers would exploit the law to oppress newsmakers and social media influencers.

    Here are some of the comments that were shared on the topic "Cybercrimes Bill".

    Miguna Miguna

    Lawyer Miguna Miguna trended on Wednesday after he cancelled his highly anticipated return trip to Kenya.

    Miguna confirmed the cancellation in a statement that read in part: "I was determined to arrive home on schedule, however, just before my departure, I reluctantly cancelled my flight to Nairobi and postponed my next arrival date."

    The opposition politician further asked Kenyans to hold peaceful protests against the government to agitate for his return to the country.

    "I urge all Kenyan patriots and members of the National Revolutionary Movement of Kenya (NRMKe) to engage in peaceful protests against the illegitimate regime's continued violation of my rights and the rights of millions of Kenyans, its continued refusal to obey court orders, its looting of hundreds of billions of public resources and failure to adhere to and respect the constitution.

    "Hold processions, sit-ins, street protests, hunger strikes and use all media at your disposals against the escalating tyranny and the culture of impunity," his statement outlined.

    Here are some of the comments that were shared.

    River Yala

    River Yala trended on Wednesday after it burst its banks and flooded parts of the surrounding villages. No casualties were reported.

    Police warned residents to move away from the area in anticipation of further flooding.

    Here are some of the comments that were shared.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta/ #SolaiCommunityPrayers

    President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday trended after attending the memorial service for victims of the Solai Dam tragedy.

    The president also received congratulatory messages on assenting to the Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017.

    Here are some of the posts that were shared.

    On Google, socialite "Corazon Kwamboka" trended at the top with over 1,000 searches after Instagram deleted her posts where she had posed topless.