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Court orders Kilifi DG Saburi to undergo another virus test

The court dismissed an application to have Saburi isolated at Manyani GK prison.

In Summary

• Saburi was on Thursday charged with willfully and unlawfully exposing the public while suffering from an infectious disease.

• The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said Saburi intentionally contravened the government's directive to self isolate.

Kilifi deputy governor Gideon Saburi at the Mombasa law courts on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Kilifi deputy governor Gideon Saburi at the Mombasa law courts on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
Image: JOHN CHESOLI

A Mombasa court has directed that Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi be tested again for the coronavirus.

Saburi was on Thursday charged with willfully and unlawfully exposing the public while suffering from an infectious disease.

He denied the charge before Mombasa senior resident magistrate Ritah Amwai.

 
 
 

The magistrate will make a bail ruling next Wednesday.

The court had earlier dismissed an application by the DPP to have Saburi isolated at Manyani GK prison saying the case lacked merit.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said Saburi intentionally contravened the government's directive to self isolate.

Haji on Tuesday said the Saburi knew he had travelled from a country that had reported Covid-19 cases and instead of self-isolating, he mingled with members of the public.

He said Saburi's actions have left several people infected and risked many other lives.

According to Haji though defense lawyers are pushing for the release of the DG on bail, the DG he is a threat to the society and the prosecution team is pushing hard to keep him locked up until the case is heard and determined.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday during his address to the nation said that there should be consequences for those who are reckless citing the case of Saburi.

 
 
 

"Do not be like the Kilifi Deputy Governor who moved recklessly despite the knowledge that he was possibly sick. And despite his position, I asked that he be arrested and I am hoping that he is jailed for 10 years," Uhuru said.

Saburi has since apologised for his actions, saying he is remorseful for the panic he caused to the people of Kilifi county.


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