Kenyan Sent to Prison for 12 Years for Sending Abusive SMS to Friend

A Kenyan, Benson Mugo, was this week fined Ksh 120,000 or be sent to prison for 12 years for sending abusive and threatening messages to his friend. Benson was charged before Murang’a Senior Principal Magistrate, Anthony Kanjaru, with the offence of misusing telecommunications systems.

A woman, Esther Kamende, reported the incident at Murang’a Police Station according to Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Paul Gathara. Benson was convicted on his own plea of guilty.

The Kenyan government is facing  a headache on how to handle crime where technology is involved as there are not any comprehensive laws to cover such. Recently Kenyan Police was forced to drop charges against a Kenyan who was accused by an MP of insulting him through Facebook.

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Written by Cyrus

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Cyrus is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @Kahawatungu or Facebook page (

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