Social media bullies on the radar as Matiang’i reveals his crackdown team

The crackdown on cybercrime and social media bullies has come close to reality with the unveiling of the Secretariat responsible for implementing the relevant law.

The National IT and Cybercrime Coordination Committee (NC4) will be responsible for consolidating action in the detection, investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes.

Home Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said the Secretariat would prioritize the misuse of social media, which he described as a major threat to national security and integration .

The SC who presided over the launch of the Kenya Curriculum Development Institute secretariat said there would be a sustained crackdown on perpetrators, especially in the run-up to general elections.

“As the general election approaches, our number one challenge is the misuse and abuse of social media,” he said, adding that digital communication and transactions were a growing reality in both the public and private sectors and urged all branches of government to invest. proportionally in relevant training.

He noted that the adoption of the technology had also seen a steady growth in cybercrime and other digital crimes and challenged actors in law enforcement sectors, including the judiciary, to integrate digital training into its ranks.

“Nations around the world are injecting resources into cybersecurity research… Our conflicts are going to shift to the judiciary, and judges must be competent enough to help us resolve them. “

ICT CS Joe Mucheru said the new law is necessary to support the digital economy and called for its strict enforcement.

“People have given public holidays on social media, killed other people online, and even posted content from different countries to mislead citizens. This habit must stop.

Principal Home Secretary Dr Karanja Kibicho, who chairs NC4, said the disclosure of the Secretariat would deter widespread abuses and killings on social media.

“The operationalization of this Secretariat and the law will provide us as a country with a very good basis to obtain remedies from those who hide behind the keypad of their phones to commit crimes,” he said.

NC4 was established under the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2018 to enable the prohibition, detection, investigation, prosecution and timely response to computer misuse and to cybercrime.

The law provides a framework for combating computer abuse and cybercrime by facilitating investigative procedures for local and international cooperation.

It establishes jurisdiction and prescribes penalties for crimes such as mobile money fraud, developing websites to steal people’s information, and child pornography, among others.

The Committee includes representatives of the Kenya Defense Forces, the National Police Service, the National Intelligence Service, the Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as representatives of the Office of the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions, the Authority. communications from Kenya and the Bank among other agencies.

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