Deputy governor Saburi arrested for failing to quarantine after returning from Germany

Deputy governor Saburi arrested for failing to quarantine after returning from Germany

- Kilifi deputy governor failed to self-quarantine after coming back from Germany in early March 2020, leaving several of his associates in self-isolation

- Saburi had allegedly refused to leave the hospital after he was discharged from mandatory quarantine as DCI officers camped outside waiting to apprehend him

- The county leader had earlier apologised to the country for spreading the virus and said it was not his intention to do so

- He was the fourth patient to recover from COVID-19 in Kenya after three consecutive tests came out negative

Kilifi deputy governor, Gideon Saburi, has been arrested for failing to self-quarantine after returning from Germany in early March 2020.

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) nabbed the deputy governor at the Coast General Hospital on the afternoon of Friday, April 3.

Kilifi deputy governor Saburi arrested for failing to quarantine
Kilifi deputy governor Saburi was arrested immediately after leaving the hospital. Photo: UGC.
Source: UGC

Saburi, who recently recovered from COVID-19, will be prosecuted for flouting the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine directive put by the government for those coming from a coronavirus-hit country.

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Reports indicated Saburi had refused to leave the facility after he was discharged Friday morning as the DCI officers camped outside waiting to apprehend him.

The deputy governor became the subject of national ridicule after it emerged he endangered the lives of tens of people whom he mingled with after returning from abroad.

On Thursday, April 2, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said Saburi would face the wrath of the law for defying a government's directive.

"I want to confirm the deputy governor of Kilifi has been discharged after testing negative for coronavirus in three consecutive tests," said Kagwe.

A remorseful Saburi apologised to Kenyans and the Kilifi people for his misconduct and said it was not his intention to spread the virus.

He claimed he sought medical assessment and was admitted for three days before he was diagnosed with the virus.

"I am very remorseful for bringing anxiety on coronavirus spread in Kilifi county and the entire country, and hope that people will find a heart to forgive me.

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I am a responsible person. I am a leader, a family man and a mentor to many. I did not do this on purpose,” he apologised.

In similar news, Legit.ng reported Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, was arrested by the detectives from the State CID Yaba, Lagos for holding a birthday party for her husband in their Lekki home during lockdown order made by the federal and Lagos state government.

The actress and her husband were later convicted and sentenced to 14 days of community service and also asked to pay a fine of N100,000 each.

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