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Insulting Kenya’s president on Facebook lands blogger in prison

Mixed reactions online as Alan Wadi sentenced to jail time for posts on social media.

A blogger in Kenya has been sentenced to jail time for insulting President Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook. 

The 25-year-old blogger, Alan Wadi Okenga, also known as lieutenant Wadi, was convicted of hate speech for posts he allegedly made about Kenyatta’s ethnic group. Wadi was sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of $2,200 after reportedly pleading guilty to the charges. If he chooses not pay the fine, he will face another year in jail. 

Online, some supported the sentence: