Kenyan anti-IMF activist in trouble over the viral poster


A Kenyan activist who was arrested for tweeting a poster warning the world not to lend President Uhuru Kenyatta has been released on bond as investigations continue.

The poster was widely circulated as Kenyans online petitioned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) not to approve loans to the country.

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Mutemi Kiama was released Thursday on a 500,000 shillings ($4,600; £3,300) bond and has been ordered to report daily to the investigating officer.

He had spent two nights in police custody as investigators sought orders to further detain him.

Kenyans online have been protesting against the IMF for offering the country a $2.4bn loan for Covid-19 response, citing corruption.

IMF has since defended its decision to approve the loan despite the public outcry.

The lender said Kenya had “demonstrated a strong commitment to fiscal reforms” adding that it was supporting the country’s “plan to reduce debt vulnerabilities while safeguarding resources to protect vulnerable groups”.