Kilifi Deputy governor released on cash bail

Kilifi deputy governor

Kilifi deputy governor Gideon Saburi was on Thursday released on a Sh200, 000 cash bail.

Saburi was arrested on April 3 and was put in custody at the Port police station.

He was arrested for allegedly exposing the public to coronavirus after defying self-quarantine protocols when he jetted back to the country from Berlin in Germany.

The Kilifi deputy governor was released on Thursday by Mombasa Principal Magistrate Elvis Micheka.

Micheka dismissed an application by the Director of Public Prosecution to continue holding the deputy governor for 10 more days.

He said there are no compelling reasons to deny Saburi bail.

“He is therefore released on Sh200, 000 cash bail or a bond of Sh500, 000 with similar amount of surety,” said Micheka.

Saburi was however directed to self-quarantine for the next 14 days. He was also barred from making contact with any of the witnesses.

The office of the public prosecution through State Counsel Alloys Kemo had applied to have Saburi detained for 10 more days to allow investigators complete their work.

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The state counsel said investigators needed time to record statements from witnesses.

Kemo expressed fears that Saburi may intimidate witnesses who are mostly his subordinate staffs.

Defense lawyer George Kithi brushed off claims that the Kilifi deputy governor tested positive for Covid-19, therefore he cannot be held in isolation.

“Why do they want to continue holding him in isolation. An insolation centre should be on medical grounds, not punishment,” argued Kithi.

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