”My main account has been deactivated, working to get it restored. Meanwhile, we already prepared for these outcomes and I can also be posting here,” he wrote.
Edgar Obare’s statement through BNN after his Instagram account was mysteriously deactivated. /INSTAGRAM
He also urged his fans to report all fake accounts masquerading under him that could be intent on spreading misinformation.
Obare’s exposes have been known to spark controversy, leading him into collision courses with Kenyans, celebrities, big wigs, authorities, and now the elite across the country with a wide range of topics that expose the never-before-seen social ills among them that are uncovered by media channels.
Before his wash wash debacle, he was slapped with an arrest warrant by a Kiambu court after he missed appearing before it on Wednesday, August 4.
The ruling was made on Thursday, August 5 after Obare failed to honor the Wednesday summons in court. He was set to appear virtually to answer to an ongoing criminal case pitting him against YouTuber Natalie Tewa.
The blogger has been 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.
So lethal are his bits that at one point, Obare considered stepping down as a blogger after disclosing how fed up he was of the turn of events in his life filled with many ‘unwarranted arrests’. Those revelations were what he arrived at after he was waylaid by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
“I have been thinking about taking a break honestly because I am so tired. I remember yesterday talking to some people (and) I was telling them if you guys played fair then I play fair, it really bugs me when they don’t play fair.