Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has announced his resignation as chairman of the COVID-19 response committee in the Senate following his arrest on Saturday for violation curfew regulations.
Speaking to the public, the first time Senator apologized for flouting the COVID-19 rules adding that he takes full responsibility for his actions.
“That is not my character. If it was just about been outside after nine, that would be one thing. I take responsibility for having flouted the Covid-19 rules. I was outside my home past 9pm. It is regrettable but all of us make mistakes,” Sakaja said.
The Senator had presented himself at Kilimani Police Station to record a statement after he went missing for two days. He had been granted bail on Saturday morning following an overnight arrest and was expected to return later in the day to record a statement over alleged incitement and flouting curfew orders. However, Sakaja did not return and the police had reportedly prepared a manhunt for him.
“The senator has gone missing. He is required to report back at the station to be processed for court. Other innocent persons have been arrested as collateral so that he appears,” Lawyer Cliff Ombetta revealed as he represented two employees of Ladies’ Lounge who were also arrested in the raid.
However Sakaja today dismissed the claims that he had gone missing insisting that he was ready to abide by the law.
“I will abide by the law, no one is above the law, I’m not above the law. The law applies to me like any other Kenyan,” he said.
He was today released on h 10,000 cash bail and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.