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,”
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
“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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