Coronavirus: 17 Officers Quarantined After Arrest of Kilifi DG

  • Kenya Police officers pictured at a crime scene.
    Kenya Police officers pictured at a crime scene.
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  • On Monday, March 23, 17 officers who were involved in the arrest of Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi were placed under isolation at the Mbagathi Hospital.

    Among the 17 officers are three senior officials from Mtwapa.

    The trail led to the identification of the seventeen after one senior officer complained of difficulty in breathing.

    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    A medical practitioner dressed in protective gear at Coronavirus isolation and treatment facility in Mbagathi District Hospital on Friday, March 6, 2020
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke

    This comes after Saburi and his driver tested positive for Covid-19 and were flown to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

    Saburi, who is now facing arrest, jetted back into the country on March 6, from Berlin and interacted with a number of people including county officials on March 8 in Rabai, Kilifi County to celebrate International Women's Day.

    Days after, he joined mourners at a funeral at Bandora in Kambe-Ribe Ward.

    This has sparked widespread fear following Saburi's unrestricted interaction with a number of people from Kilifi.

    Two legislators who came into contact with him have also presented themselves to the Coast General Hospital for testing including Rabai MP William Kamoti.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta while addressing the nation on Monday, March 23, vowed that severe action would be taken against Kenyans who violate rules put in place by the Health Ministry to arrest the spread of Covid-19.

    The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has also issued a statement laying out the mode of punishment that will be visited on individuals found guilty of infecting others with Covid-19.

    Citing the Public Health Act Cap 242, the DCI announced that any individual found guilty of passing on infectious diseases to others knowingly would be ordered to pay a fine of Ksh30,000, or serve a 3-year prison sentence, or both.