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Hate SMS

13:41 Aug 3 2012 Nairobi, Kenya

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Two young women were arraigned in court and charged with sending abusive text messages to each other. Joseline Mwango and Harriet Kemunto appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Gilbert Mutembei and were released on a cash bail of Kes. 10, 000 (approximately US $120).
Sending an abusive message by means of a licensed telecommunication system is an offence according Section 29(a) of the Kenya Communication Act of 1998. If convicted, the offender is liable to a prison sentence of up to three months or a fine of up to Sh50,000, or both.

This is a case of two women getting into a quarrel around an issue that is not directly related to them and which involves men who are close to them. This is a matter that should have been resolved by the men directly involved in the issue.

Apparently the two women are known to each other. The issue of focus centers on a debt incurred by Joseline’s father. Harriet sends the abusive texts telling Joseline to tell her father to stop borrowing money from Harriet’s dad. A series of abusive and harassing text messages are exchanged between the two women which eventually lands them in court.
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