Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja was sentenced to three months in prison with an option of paying a 15,000 Kenya shillings fine if he pleaded guilty of breaking the set rules and guidelines for the prevention of COVID 19.

Sakaja was arrested over the weekend in the company of his friends at a bar past midnight.

On being arrested and detained at Kilimani police station, Sakaja went ahead to taunt and threaten the policemen.

Sakaja admits his wrongs

Sakai, however, admitted his wrongs and asked Kenyans to forgive him for flouting curfew orders in a press appearance outside Kilimani Police Station on Monday, July 20.

In his statement, he also agreed to face any charges leveled against him in relation to the arrest that occurred over the weekend.

The entire course of the law will be followed, if it’s to be fined, if it’s to be jailed, I think the law applies to me like every other Kenyan. I urge Kenyans to follow the government’s directives. They apply to all of us. The disease doesn’t know any station or political office.

he said

The senator also announced his resignation from the Senate Adhoc Committee- COVID 19, where he served as a chairman.


Sakaja’s fate

Sakaja later appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Roselyn Oganyo and did not oppose the charges presented against him.

His lawyers led by Dr. John Khaminwa pleaded for compassion referring to him as a first-time offender. But who had also willingly conveyed remorse for his actions.

As a result, the judge agreed with Khaminwa. And remarked that the Senator’s resignation from senate COVID-19 team was a damage control criterion.

Roselyn added that the maximum sentence for the offense committed is Ksh. 20,000 or 6 months in prison. But the senator’s sentence was the option of paying a fine of Ksh. 15,000 or serving 3 months in prison.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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