Real Estate Stakeholders have raised an alarm over a trend of blackmail by bloggers across the country.
Lead by the Real Estate Association Chairman Kinyua Wairatu the stakeholders said they have been losing millions of money which could have been saved.
Wairatu gave an example of himself losing upto five million after a cunning blogger did a controversial post to scare his clients.
“Most of my colleagues have been suffering in silence and i have now decided to bite the bullet now. We will not lose money anymore. We have begun a war on this cunning bloggers as the chairman to set things clear,” Wairatu stated.
He urged that the bloggers should be verifying their writings with real Estate Stakeholders before they go ahead and maliciously write things to tarnish their names.
“There could be one or two problems in the industry but we have an office that is fully in operation where they can come and fact check so as not to be malice,” He added.
Wairatu has called for the enforcement of the Cyber and Crime act that will see the bloggers who tarnish their names jailed.
“Branding is expensive and we will not allow tarnish of names for cheap propaganda and we have been seeing. It is a high change for realtors to claim back their freedom because we are tired of these blackmails,” Wairatu stated.
Under the new law, anyone who intentionally publishes false, misleading, or fictitious data or misinforms with the intent that the data be considered or acted upon as authentic, with or without financial gain, commits an offense and faces a fine of up to Sh5 million, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.
Among other things, the new law includes harsh punishments for child pornography, computer forgery, and espionage.
It states that anyone who unlawfully obtains data or commits a prohibited act in order to gain access to critical data with the intent to directly or indirectly benefit a foreign state against the Republic of Kenya commits an offence and faces imprisonment for a period not exceeding twenty years or a fine not exceeding Sh10 million, or both.
Those found guilty of publishing child pornography face a fine of up to twenty million dollars or imprisonment for a term of up to twenty-five years, or both.