Members of Parliament on Tuesday narrated how they have been cyberbullied by people seeking funds and others sending them nude photos.
Who is behind the revelation
Majority Leader Aden Duale and Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa told the National Assembly how a woman, whom they did not name, has made them afraid of using their phones while with their colleagues or family members as she has been sending them her nude photos.
“There is a lady who has the phone numbers of all the MPs and keeps sending us nude photos,” said Duale.
“This matter is serious, as it has broken many families and must be brought to an end,” said Mr Wamalwa.
How the woman has been operating
The Kiminini lawmaker narrated how one day he received some nude photos while sitting with a female MP in Parliament and when he opened them, he felt ashamed and embarrassed.
Deputy minority Leader Junet Mohamed said that male MPs faced cyber-bullying even more than their female counterparts.
“I have received some photos on my phone that you cannot see with your naked eyes.”
What it means for the Mps
‘‘The pictures are so dangerous that you only pray they should not come when you are with your family or when your child gets your phone,” Mr Junet said.
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“Sometimes you are on suspicion watch in the house and when those photos pop up, it becomes difficult to deal with,” added the Suna East MP
“The biggest problem we face nowadays is cyber-crime. We have been bullied, seduced and the careers of some politicians have ended due to cyber-bullying.”
Women also facing cyber bullying
Baringo Woman Representative Kaptuya Cheboiwo said it was not only the male MPs who faced harassment but even the women, some of whom were also being seduced online.
“Male MPs think they are the oly ones being seduced. We are also being seduced left, right and centre,” she said.
Bottom line for the MPs
“If you have a husband who has weak shock absorbers, you can easily get divorced,” Ms Cheboiwo added.
Consequently, the MPs have summoned the Inspector-General Police Joseph Boinnet, Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, Director General of Communication Authority Francis Wangusi, mobile service providers– Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom –to appear before them in seven days.
They will be expected to explain what they are doing to curb the offence, which the MPs complained was getting out of hand with police appearing incapable of dealing with the suspects.
Who is to blame
Minority Leader John Mbadi blamed the high rate of unemployment among youth for the increased rate of cyber bullying.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa also blamed the police and the CID, arguing that “their ineptitude in dealing with the menace”, which had become rampant in the country.