Johnson Sakaja sentenced 3 months or a fine of Ksh. 15,000 for flouting COVID-19 rules

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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja was ordered to pay a fine of Ksh 15,000 or face a jail term of three months after he pleaded guilty for flouting Covid-19 rules.

The Senator was arrested after he was found drinking at a city pub along Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi at 1 am on Saturday, July 18.

“The fine for flouting Covid-19 rules is Ksh 20,000 or a 6 months imprisonment.

“However, being a first offender I will consider fining him Ksh 15,000 or 3 months in prison,” the judge ruled.

Speaking to the media on Monday shortly after he recorded a statement at the Kilimani police station for flouting COVID-19 rules, Sakaja apologized and promised to take full responsibility.

“I was outside my house past 9 pm which is after curfew hours, it is regrettable but all of us make mistakes,” Sakaja said.

“I will be abiding by the law, no one is above the law, I have paid the cash bail and will appear before the court tomorrow and the entire course of law will be followed,”

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Sakaja talked about how his arrest traumatized his three young children denying claims that he threatened police officers with transfers following the night-club arrest.

“I’m not a fugitive, why send 50 armed police officers to stake out waiting to arrest me and keep me in the cells for the weekend?” Sakaja said

Adding,

“I did not threaten anyone, I have no powers to transfer anyone, it is just that a lot of things happened, they even punched me, If it was just about being outside after 9, that is okay, but the rest… let’s just wait,”

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