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.
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.
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.
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.