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Edgar Obare Issued Arrest Warrant After Skipping Natalie Tewa Case Twice


The blogger was set to appear virtually to answer to an ongoing criminal case pitting him against YouTuber Natalie Tewa.

A Kiambu court has ordered the arrest of blogger Edgar Obare after he missed appearing before it on Wednesday, August 4. 

The ruling was made on Thursday, August 5 after Obare failed to honour the Wednesday summon in court. 

The blogger was set to appear virtually to answer to an ongoing criminal case pitting him against YouTuber Natalie Tewa.

Kiambu Resident Magistrate Rita Orora heard that Obare had missed court sessions twice while the prosecution was ready to present four witnesses in the case. 

Blogger Edgar Obare in a past court session. /TWITTER 

State Counsel Stella Oyagi thus asked the court to issue the arrest warrant against Obare adding that the complainant in the case, Tewa, was among those in court ready to give their testimonies. 

The prosecution had on March 21, 2021, asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Obare after he failed to honour his appearance in court but the magistrate threw away the request. 

His lawyer Titus Munene stated that the accused was in Kisumu and could not appear due to the then COVID-19 cessation of movement.

The court agreed with the defence lawyer ruling that the COVID-19 pandemic had made it impossible for Obare to move out from the zone placed under lockdown to Kiambu county where the case was set to heard. 

Obare was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts after his arrest in Kisumu, and charged with leaking personal information online. 

He has since reacted to the reports of the court going after him again, claiming that neither him nor his lawyer knew he was being hunted down with an arrest warrant.

“Also seeing it now…even my lawyer doesn’t know about it” said Obare. 

Screen grab of Edgar Obare finding out that he was hit with an arrest warrant. /INSTAGRAM

The blogger is out on cash bail of Ksh100,000 after denying that he used his social media accounts to share Natalie Tewa’s personal data, including her visa on passport, without her consent.

Obare would become the first victim of Section 72 of the Data Protection Act launched in November 2019 to collect and process data in Kenya. It rolled out various obligations for persons collecting and processing data as well as introducing harsh penalties for infringement of data. 

“(The Act) is meant to claw back the gains achieved in the Constitution 2010. What it is doing is taking back the rights people died for to be achieved in the Constitution. We’re a free country,” Munene stated, arguing that defamation was a civil matter. 

In the event Obare is found guilty of leaking Natalie Tewa’s information, he could face a fine of at least Ksh3 million or an imprisonment term of not more than 10 years- or both! 



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