President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed that he ordered the arrest of Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi for what he termed as carelessness in how he conducted himself upon returning from a Germany trip.
In an interview on a local vernacular radio station Tuesday morning, Mr Kenyatta said he hoped that the Kilifi County leader gets 10 years in jail for his negligence amid the Covid-19.
“I am the one who said that the Kilifi Deputy Governor should be arrested… I am praying that he gets 10 years,” he said.
“How can a leader fly from Germany and start infecting people in Nairobi and Kilifi?” he wondered, adding that his position of power would not insulate him from the consequences of his actions.
The president also said that bills incurred by people who get infected in the course of duty will be taken over by the government.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, announced Kenya’s strictest measures yet to curb the spread of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) within the country that sparked a national debate.
In his statement, the president announced: “That there shall be cessation of all movement by road, rail or air in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan Area; and the counties of Kilifi, Kwale, and Mombasa.”
This raised the question of whether or not this constituted a lockdown within the counties that were highlighted as high-risk areas.
The statement that followed also caused speculation that indeed the president was locking down the major urban centres.