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Woman, 24, arrested for insulting Wambora on Facebook

By Joseph Muchiri | January 12th 2015

Police in Embu have arrested a woman who allegedly used insulting language against Governor Martin Wambora on social media.

Nancy Mbindalah, 24, an intern at Embu County Government Finance department, is being probed for the postings she is alleged to have made on Facebook, some dating back to 2013. Police arrested the former Mt Kenya University student on Friday after the governor made a complaint on the offending posts.

Acting County Secretary Raymond Kinyua and Finance Chief officer Damiano Muthee also recorded statements with the police on Saturday. Mr Kinyua said he received a complaint from Wambora and forwarded them to the police, who then arrested Ms Mbindalah.

Demeaning posts

In his statement, Kinywa said that during a meeting with Wambora on Friday, he learnt the governor had complained to the DCIO over the woman, for persistently insulting him and peddling what he believed amounted to incitement on social media.

"As the Acting County Secretary, I was among those required to record a statement and leave the police to investigate. I acted in my line of duty," he said.

A section of Embu residents criticised the arrest and called on the governor to pardon the young woman.

Embu Speaker Kariuki Mate on his Facebook page said the investigating officer had confirmed that Mbindalah was locked up for insulting and demeaning the governor through numerous Facebook posts. "The police are hesitant to grant bond. Investigating officer has suggested I talk to the governor on the matter," said the speaker.

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