Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who had travelled back from Germany, allegedly refused to quarantine himself for the mandatory 14 days.
A senior county official has confirmed the reports that the deputy governor has been placed under quarantine for 14 days after he refused to go into self-isolation after the foreign trip.
“It is true he failed to put himself in 14 days quarantine but I cannot discuss more on this through the phone,” said the official who also did not immediately reveal details on where the deputy governor is being quarantined.
Locals took to the social media to condemn the deputy governor, referring to him as a “selfish and irresponsible leader” who has put the lives of many Kilifi residents at risk.
This was after some residents claimed they interacted with Mr Saburi, shook hands and even hugged him after his return from Germany.
In one of the social media platforms, Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga said he had an opportunity to talk to Mr Saburi who was very remorseful.
“He told me that when he landed from Berlin in Germany for an official trip, he took himself to Mombasa hospital where he was admitted for three days, [had] medical check-up and [was] later discharged after doctors ascertained he had a clean bill of health,” Mr Chonga said.
According to some sources, the deputy governor, who returned from Europe on March 1, is alleged to have attended a staff and Cabinet meeting without putting himself under 14 days quarantine.
Last Wednesday, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi held a cabinet meeting which allocated Sh73 million to help in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus) in the county.
But Mr Saburi did not attend the Cabinet meeting which was also attended by Kilifi County Commissioner Magu Mutindika who was an invited guest.
Mr Kingi said part of the funds will also be used carry out civic education at the grassroots level to ensure everyone is aware of the disease and the need to wash hands with soap, keep distance and avoid crowding.
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