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Kenya’s Online Heavyweights Rally Behind Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi Appealing To Twitter To Reinstate His Suspended Account

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PM Raila Odinga and Lawyer Donald Kipkorir.

Arguably one of the highest ranked online influencers, blogger Cyprian Nyakundi had his Twitter account which again was amongst the biggest in Kenya, suspended more than two weeks ago following a violation on Twitter policies when he posted an exposing photo of a Radio Africa Executive.

Normally, when Twitter suspends an account, one has the option of appealing the decision and waiting for the Twitter’s response which we understand the blogger did and yet to get a response. Nyakundi has created a parallel account which started gaining traction before Twitter suspended it again going to show how committed they’re willing to go in keeping him away from their platform.

Having been a fierce critic of the government, many people are reading this censorship beyond their noses giving it a deeper view. Coincidentally, in the very week that Nyakundi’s account was banned, regional Twitter executives were in the country adding to many suspicions on how this was done.

Ramone Martin, East Africa’s Twitter Executive and Adrian Ciesielski, Africa’s Twitter Sales Manager happened to be in the country where they had attended several functions including Safaricom’s Blaze event in Mombasa. Our moles also reveals to us that the executives held meetings with government operatives like Dennis Itumbi who’s a digital strategist for the state. Amongst many of their clients that they met also included the Standard Media group amongst many. We’re made aware of plans by Twitter to establish their offices here in Nairobi.

With a cloud of uncertainty hanging around the suspension of the influential blogger, the larger online community took it to Twitter appealing to the San Francisco’s based company, to lift the ban and reinstate his account. Twitter heavyweights and key policy makers joined the campaign. As an anti corruption crusader and whistleblower, the comments were awash with praises.

More comments in his support streamed in;

In the same breath, some are also against his reinstatement;

The decision as to whether Twitter will reinstate the account solely depend on them and their policies cut but the bigger majority have expressed their thoughts and on the value of the said account in freedom of speech. Twitter is currently under fire over censorship even though it stands out as the only platform that is yet to ban ALEX Jones when everyone is giving him darkness. As for Nyakundi and Twitter, only time will tell.

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