The Court on Thursday, August 5, 2021, ordered for the arrest of blogger Edgar Obare after he failed to attend a virtual court session that was scheduled for an ongoing hearing of a criminal case.
The Kiambu based Court made the ruling after Obare failed to honour its summon in which he was supposed to make on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
Kiambu Resident Magistrate Rita Orora heard that Obare failed to attend the court twice while the prosecution was ready to present four witnesses in the case.
State Counsel Stella Oyagi asked the court to issue the arrest warrant against Obare.
The prosecution had asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Obare back in March 21, 2021 after he failed to show up in court but the magistrate dismissed the request.
His lawyer Titus Munene stated that the accused was in Kisumu and could not appear due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
The court ruled in favour of the defense lawyer who argued that the Covid-19 pandemic had made it impossible for Obare to attend his court session in Kiambu County where the case was being heard.
Obare was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts following his arrest in Kisumu and charged with the disclosure of private data.
This comes after his lawyer had revealed that Obare would be charged with exposure of private data in contravention of Section 72 of the Data Protection Act in August, 2020.
The controversial act which was enacted in November, 2019 with the aim of regulating the collection and processing of data in Kenya.
“(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.