Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has raised fear in a Mombasa court following the president Uhuru Kenyatta remarks that he directed his arrest and prosecution.
Through his counsel George Kithi, Saburi said that the president’s remarks that he should be jailed for 10 years were made in bad faith and the court should issue directive stopping public to comment on the case pending the hearing.
“Your honor the president said that my client should be jailed for 10 years and the DPP has also gone on record saying that deputy governor must serve as an example this is clear that he was arrested not because he committed an offense but because the president directed by the president,” said Kithi.
Kithi further told the court to go ahead and jail Saburi for 10 years because the president had directed the judiciary.
Mombasa senior resident magistrate Rita Omwayi dismissed the remarks and said that the judiciary is an independent arm of the government and it will only make a decision depending on the evidence brought in court.
Saburi was on Thursday charged in Mombasa court for willfully exposing himself in public while suffering from the infectious disease without taking proper precautions contrary to section 28a of the public health act.
Kilifi Deputy Governor pleaded not Guilty
According to the charge sheet, the suspect on diverse dates between 6th March 2020 and 22nd march 2020 within Kilifi County in the republic of Kenya while suffering from an infectious disease namely COVID-19 willfully and without talking precaution exposed himself to the public.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and court directed that the accused person detained at Port police station until April 15, 2020, when the court will hear a bail application.
The DPP had made an application to oppose the accused person released on the bail
Omwayi said that the court could not determine that the suspect should be detained at the prison facility while he was not charged.