Senator Johnson Sakaja, on Monday, July 20, publicly apologized for going
against the directives by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.
the press in Kilimani, Senator Sakaja also resigned as the chair of Senate
Adhoc Committee on Covid-19.
wish to state that I have resigned from the Ad Hoc Committee that I have been
chairing and have notified the speaker of the same with the aim of setting a
good example," said the Nairobi Senator.
said he took full responsibility for flouting the COVID-19 rules after being
arrested drinking in a lounge past 9 pm.
flouting the rules, I was wrong, and I'm sorry. I will face the law like any
other Kenya. However, what I found unfair was the harassment meted on my family
from Saturday to Sunday. I'm not a fugitive, I was released on a cash bail and
if they wanted me to appear, they should have summoned me.
Friday it was not official duty. I was not oversighting; I was not looking at
what they were doing. I was on the wrong on that one. I agree and I am
sorry," said Sakaja.
had presented himself at the Kilimani Police Station to record a statement,
condemned how police officers went to his residence to arrest him for the
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?" asked Sakaja.
Senator also denied threatening anyone during the arrest following a police
report, which stated that he threatened to transfer the officers.
incited others not to get away hence was arrested together with three others
who refused to give their names for disobeying curfew orders.
the course of his arrest, others escaped. While in custody, he was asked to be
given free bond but refused to leave cells threatening to transfer all officers
within 24 hours," read the report.