Detectives arrests Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi for defying quarantine order

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,3RD APRIL,2020-Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has been arrested moments after leaving the Coast General Hospital where he was under mandatory quarantine.

Saburi was forced into quarantine after testing positive for the virus days after he returned from a trip to Berlin.

Detectives had pitched camp outside the hospital for the better part of Friday morning waiting to pounce on him once he was discharged.

A video of his arrest shared on Friday afternoon showed plain-clothed police officers donning face masks leading him out of the hospital lobby.

He was cleared to leave the isolation centre on Thursday with the CS Mutahi Kagwe saying he had recovered from the coronavirus.

During a press conference on Thursday, CS Kagwe noted that however, the deputy governor would be arraigned in court for disregarding the directive to go into self-quarantine.

The government had earlier ordered that any person entering the country from a destination with confirmed cases of coronavirus proceed to self-quarantine.

It would however emerge that Saburi ignored the precautionary measure and went ahead to attend several weddings and funerals.

The deputy governor is also understood to have mingled with county staff in complete disregard of the government directive aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.


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