UPDATE: Monday August 3, 3.13pm: Controversial blogger Edgar Obare has been granted Ksh100,000 bail with an option of Ksh300,000 bond after being charged with unlawfully publishing private and personal details from the passport of YouTuber Natalie Tewa.
The blogger, who was arraigned at the Kiambu law courts on Monday, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The charge sheet read, “On diverse dates between July 9 and July 13, 2020 at an unknown place, within the Republic of Kenya, using your social media accounts, domain name www.bnn.ke and verified Instagram account @edgarobare, unlawfully disclosed to your online follower’s personal data to wit visa belonging to one Natalie Wanjiru Githinji without her consent.”
UPDATE: Sunday August 2: Social media sensation and Youtuber Edgar Obare will be charged for linking popular Youtube personality Natalie Tewa to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.
Obare will be arraigned in court on Monday, according to a report by the Standard Digital.
UPDATE: Thursday July 30: Blogger Edgar Obare, who was summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday July 28 over his exposèe on Natalie Tewa has been arrested.
He announced via his Instagram story that he was arrested by very many officers at his home and was headed to Nairobi.
Blogger Edgar Obare drew the attention of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who on Tuesday July 28 summoned him over popular YouTube influencer Natalie Tewa.
He disclosed on his Instagram story, seen by 254News.co.ke that he was requested by one of the DCI officers to appear at the investigation headquarters within the next few days.
“So yesterday (Monday July 27), I was informed I am being summoned to the DCI. I was kindly requested by an officer to appear at the DCI HQ without fail in the next few days. I am told the purpose of this summon is to answer questions about Natalie Tewa,” he wrote on his Instagram story.
This comes shortly after Natalie Tewa posted on her Twitter account appearing to call out other bloggers hell bent on bringing famous as well as other personalities down through the art of gossip.
“We have such a terrible culture of tearing other people down in the name of gossip. There’s already too much negativity in this world, contributing to it doesn’t improve your life or take you higher. Instead use your time wisely, because every minute of our lives counts.” she wrote.
Edgar Obare has been making a name of himself on Instagram. He is known for posting gossip stories crowdsourced by his followers on Instagram that are posed on his Stories.
People love gossip so much that has led to him look for more information about celebrities. His Instagram Stories are so popular he monetized it.
Natalie Tewa went viral after social media users were quick to spot a brown tote bag inside the private plane of Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, who was travelling to Dubai to visit Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who underwent surgery in the Emirate country.
Social media users also linked the owner of the brown bag to media personality Betty Kyallo, who on July 9 moved to quash rumours of her affair with the Mombasa governor.
“Hey people, I hear that I travelled to Dubai. Anyways, I am not in Dubai and I am going to enjoy lunch with my friend. We are going to get some Nyama Choma delicacy,” Betty responded, further asking her fans to be calm and stop spreading the rumours as she was in Kenya and had a business to run.
Edgar Obare on July 12 posted visa details that allegedly belonged to Natalie Tewa that contained details like her full government name and date of travel. That incident had mixed reactions on social media and some people bashed him for the behaviour.
Tewa moved to deny claims of her affair with Joho through an Instagram post a day after on July 13.
She revealed that she was living life on her own terms, providing no reason to explain herself now that she has made it.
“Live for no one but yourself.” she wrote on her post.
Social media use has largely been unregulated until the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act was passed a while back.
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