Court acquits Saburi whose arrest was ordered by Uhuru

Sunday, April 11th, 2021 16:09 | By
Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi being escorted by the DCI detectives. Photo Boniface Msangi

A Mombasa court has acquitted Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who had been charged with deliberately spreading coronavirus. President Uhuru Kenyatta had ordered Saburi's arrest.

Chief Magistrate Edna Nyaloto ruled in favour of Saburi who said he flew back to Kenya before the government issued a self-isolation directive.

Through his lawyer George Kithi, Saburi also argued that his Covid-19 test upon returning to Kenya was negative and so, he could not have spread the virus in such a state.

“My client had not committed any offense as charged since at the time he came into the country, the government had not issued the self-isolation directive in the Kenya gazette,” said Saburi's lawyer George Kithi.

In March last year, Saburi's return from an international tour at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is said to have put the country at risk.

Upon returning, Saburi freely interacted with people at social functions, shook hands with friends, something that could have spread the virus rapidly. Saburi's actions agitated the Head of State who called for his arrest

Saburi was arrested on April 3, 2020, shortly after he was discharged from Coast General Hospital where he was successfully treated for coronavirus. The court has now found Saburi not guilty and set him free.

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