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Kenyans on twitter or KOT Never stop to surprise us, they have taken to twitter to lash out at international broadcaster CNN after it referred to Kenya a ‘hotbed of terror’ ahead of President Barack Obama’s this weekend.

According to CNN, Al-Shabaab militants in East Africa are now posing new worries for Obama’s trip to Kenya. The broadcaster says in just the last week, the U.S. military has conducted nearly half a dozen secret air strikes in Somalia against al Qaeda’s Africa affiliate because U.S. intelligence indicated an attack against Kenyan troops there was imminent, according to defense officials.

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Although the Pentagon isn’t saying much about this CNNsays the strikes may be timed to the President’s visit.

Kenyans have not taken this lightly with the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN now trending worldwide.

Here are some the reactions:

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Over the weekend, Italian security and surveillance firm Hacking Team became a victim to a security breach. The company, which produces software which is used by governments around the world as part of their surveillance programs has for a long time been criticized for facilitating invasions of privacy and over the weekend, its Twitter feed was taken over, resulting in its name and profile picture being changed to read Hacked Team in what has been termed as a very serious security breach.

But the story does not end there; whoever was responsible for that breach also went ahead and released a torrent file providing access to 400GB of the company’s data where everybody could access it. The data included email exchanges, confidential documents and source coded.

Among the email exchanges leaked by Wikileaks was one between the company and the Kenyan government. The email revealed how in May this year the Hacking Team declined a request from the Kenya government to bring down KahawaTungu blog, a local blog known for its controversial stories. That aside, the Hacking Team has now issued a warning that terrorists may now have use of the spying tools

The email is one of the more than 1 million searchable emails released by Wikileaks from the Italian surveillance malware vendor Hacking Team, which first came under international scrutiny after WikiLeaks publication of the SpyFiles.

According to the Hacking Team, a major threat exists as a result of the source code having been made available online. The security outfit has already launched an investigation in the wake of the breach and has since determined that “sufficient code was released to permit anyone to deploy the software against any target of their choice”

Before the attack, HackingTeam could control who had access to the technology which was sold exclusively to governments and government agencies. Now, because of the security breach, the company is worried that the ability to control who uses the technology has been lost. It says terrorists, extortionists and others can deploy this technology at will if they have the technical ability to do so.

There have been reports that Hacking Team has ‘backdoors’ in its systems that would allow us to control the systems remotely. The company has dismissed this and says its clients operate the technology on their own computer systems, and so it is clients who must take action to suspend operations.

Hacking Team engineers are now working around the clock to provide an update to the Remote Control System that will allow clients to resume criminal and intelligence investigations. In the meantime, all clients have suspended use of the system that was compromised in the attack.

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Source: Caroline Mutoko's Official Facebook page

Source: Caroline Mutoko’s Official Facebook page

A few weeks ago, Safaricom sued a popular blogger claiming that he has defamed the company by posting baseless and unsubstantiated claims about the company on his blog.
This saw his followers start hashtags on social media to show support for him, but this did not go well with former Kiss 100 radio presenter Caroline Mutoko. According to her Nyakundi’s followers should have shown support to him by financially by helping raise his legal fees and even escorting him to court, but all she could Nyakundi got from his followers  was a trending.
Below is Mutoko’s post posted on her Facebook timeline which i totally agree with.

Poor Nyakundi – We are shallow, insincere and worst of all, hypocrites.

This nonsense with Nyakundi is hard to behold. Not the legal case – no that’s fine – let it run it’s course to it’s natural conclusion whichever that may be. I believe we must test the instruments of justice and our constitution to see if they can stand the test.

What I really can’t stomach is the pretentious “support’ for Nyakundi on social media.

As Nyakundi was headed to court I expected to see some real support – not lip or finger service but real support. Warm bodies around him. I expected to see all those who “stand” by him set up an Airtel Money line or an Orange Money line and raise his legal fees.

I expected to see a gang of “cheated” supporters escort Nyakundi to court.

I expected to see a massive drive on social media leading to lines outside Airtel and Orange stores as people ditched their Safaricom lines and opted for anything else. But no. All Nyakundi got was a trending hashtag.

As I watched NyakundivsSafaricom trend on twitter last night (08/07/2017) and then fade into nothing I got sad for Nyakundi and slowly like a boiling pot, I got really angry.

My fellow Kenyans – We are shallow and insincere and worse of all hypocritical.

All this yapping on Twitter. Done on Safaricom lines & yet no-one has offered to foot the bill for Nyakundi. Including Boni Mutetezi with this “supportive” tweet. Really? I was hoping everyone supporting him on Twitter would show up at the law courts, but alas – it was Jimnah Mbaru & Peter Kenneth all over again. Lots of noise on social media, no show where it matters.

In a libel case – the burden of proof is on the accused. One must prove & show evidence backing the statement/s made. I hurt for Nyakundi. He was probably used and now he is on his own. No-one even bothers to give him alittle free advice. No-one has told him that courts don’t take it kindly when one is trying to use public opinion to sway a court decision. Poor Nyakundi can’t even call witnesses to prove his case. None of you will show up anyway.

Worse still – he has already violated a gag order. He was not supposed to discuss Safaricom in any form or manner on any of his platforms. Only a lawyer or a “friend/supporter” with a legal mind would have made him understand that he is no longer at war with Safaricom – the judge is in-charge now and he is breaking the law. Mikhail – @Kosgeybett tweeted earlier today “Nyakundi busy violating a court order, the **** is yet to pull down the Safaricom defamation tweets.”. If only Nyakundi had a lawyer or a real friend. If only.

But the worst thing about all this is not our pretentious selfish nature. No. What’s really sad is that we will end up creating another bitter kid who does not trust anyone and has a lot of influence. From here onwards he will be selfish and only care about himself like a certain blogger who will remain unnamed. Worse still, this bitter kid will probably be used to spin shit in 2017.

I look at Boniface Mwangi and I see Nyakundi. I’m very fond of Boniface Mwangi, and he knows it, but sometimes all I see is a gun for hire – and I’m fine with it. We bailed out on Boniface when he needed us. We encouraged Boniface, re-tweeted and shared his stuff – but when he really needed our help, we stayed in our offices and gave him retweets and likes. Yeah that’s right – that’s who we are.

Please note that I have been to a police station to get Boniface and he remembers it even when I had forgotten.

You misled Nyakundi and when he got into trouble you bailed out….

That’s who we are. Martha Karua wanted to fight for rule of law, Peter Kenneth had a track record of delivering as an MP,  Jimnah Mbaru had a real plan and zeal for the job – but we elected people who had court cases in human rights violation and land grabbing and expected better. Let the courts handle NyakundivsSafaricom – what the rest of us need to do is introspect and ask ourselves how long and far will we go with this pretentious, hypocritical, shallow state of affairs? How long and who stands to lose and who gains. As I was having this conversation with a friend – he decided to show me that he clearly understood my disgust. He said:

“Let me tell you a story *pulls stool*
A friend, wants to pursue his dream of studying mechanical engineering in Russia. I didn’t know he didn’t have fees to get into the course cause he went last yearSo I was taken aback when he told me for a year he was learning Russian to be able to enroll into uni. So he started a campaign on-line to raise money for uni. I donated what I could last week in 5 minutes. The donation page has been viewed over 6K times. Only 10 donations. I see people urging others to donate and they haven’t even done it themselves, I’m like – What hypocrites. Same thing happening to Nyakundi.”

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It is the top trending topic in Africa today, and it has left many people wondering what democracy some African countries and leaders practice. Early today, two presidential hopefuls in Uganda, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and leading opposition figure Kizza Besigye were arrested while attempting to launch their campaigns for the 2016 presidential elections.

Prior to his arrest, Mr Mbabazi had been warned by police not to hold the meetings.

He was arrested and detained by police after travelling outside Kampala, to hold public consultations  over is planned presidential bid. Kizza Besigye , on the hand was arrested at his home in Kasangati, central Uganda.  Mr Besigye was planning to attend a rally to confirm his candidacy to run for the presidency under the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party.

According to Uganda’s news site News Vision, shortly after arresting him, the police drove Besigye towards Naggalama where he was later taken in.

So what message is President Museveni trying to send out?  Besigye for example has gone through so much torture under president Museveni whenever he opposes him. It is not the first time the opposition leader has been arrested and taken in. President Museveni has been in power since 1986 and is expected to seek a fourth term in next year’s poll; doesn’t he think it now time he allowed other people to seek the position? Being an African leader, with a typical African leader mentality the guess is so obvious.

Museveni has turned out to be a dictator and unfortunately, the Ugandans are entertaining this. What he needs to know is that the era of dictatorial governing like that of Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin are long gone.

Critics and opposition is here to stay and the Ugandan president should learn to live with that. One wonders if in Uganda, it is a crime to aspire to be a president when President Kaguta Museveni is still alive.

When we as Kenyan and other East Africans see what is happening in Uganda, it breaks our hearts Just as one George Ayittey said, ‘’Getting rid of the dictator is only a first step in establishing a free society. The dictatorship must also be disassembled.’’

It is time for leaders like Museveni to know that times have change and for this change to take effect, the people of Uganda must stand out to fight for their rights.

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In case you are wondering why , then this is why. In a video posted online, he is heard asking anyone opposed to NYS to be chopped off with a panga.

The Gatundu South MP who has previously been accused of hate speech and incitement was speaking to youths in Gatundu using a mix of his native vernacular and Swahili. In the clip, the MP is telling the youth that the pangas they are holding are not only meant for slashing grass, but also for slashing those opposed to the NYS.

Of course this has not gone well with most Kenyans who are now demanding for his arrest for incitement.

Watch the clip below:

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Kenyans have woken up to news of at least 14 people being killed in an Al Shabaab attack in Mandera on Tuesday morning. The 14 who included 11 stonemasons and a mother died were shot dead in cold blood by the militia group.

According to the police, the heavily armed men are reported to have crossed from Somalia at Barwaqo settlement and laid ambush at around midnight Monday night.

Confirming the attack, Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo said the attackers struck when the villagers were sleeping. They are said to have hurled explosives in the houses killing the 14 people.

More updates coming up.