Kilifi County Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has been released on a 200 thousand shillings cash bail after denying a charge of willfully exposing himself in public while suffering from the Covid-19 disease without taking precautions contrary to the Public Health Act of 2017.
While granting bail Principal Magistrate Elvis Michieka ordered Saburi not to interfere with the witnesses and to deposit his travel documents with the court.
Micheka while delivering the ruling dismissed an application by the Director of Public Prosecution to continue holding Saburi for 10 more days.
“There are no compelling reasons to deny the accused person bail. He is therefore released on Sh200, 000 cash bail or a bond of Sh500, 000 with a similar amount of surety,” he said.
He gave out conditions that in addition to self-quarantining, Saburi should not make contact with any of the witnesses in Kilifi County.
The prosecution on Wednesday had requested the court to grant them 10 days custodial orders so as to complete investigations.
The defense counsel had objected claiming the deputy governor would comply with bond terms as he understood the consequences of disobeying them.
Saburi failed to self-isolate as required by law after travelling from Germany, one of the countries hit by the corona virus and was later discovered he had indeed contracted the virus.
He was later released from the hospital after he recovered from the COVID-19.
Saburi has also been ordered to go for an extra 14 days self-quarantine.
The case is set for mention on 5th May 2020.