Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has been fined Ksh. 15,000 after pleading guilty to flouting government’s curfew orders.
Sakaja who appeared before court on Tuesday was fined Ksh. 15,000 by Chief Magistrate Roseline Oganyo or serve three months in prison.
The senator was arrested while drinking on Saturday evening at a club in Kilimani at around 1 am.
The prosecution wanted the court to give Sakaja a tougher penalty in order to send a message to people who are caught flouting the curfew.
Sakaja’s lawyers led by Senior Counsel John Khaminwa however argued that the senator regrets his action and had shown goodwill by resigning as Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc committee on Covid-19 Response.
On Monday Sakaja apologised for flouting the curfew rules pledging to follow the entire course of the law.
“I was on the wrong and I am sorry. I wish to state that I have resigned from the committee that I have been chairing and have notified the Speaker of the same with the aim of setting a good example,” said Sakaja.
“I was outside my house past 9 pm, which is after curfew hours. It is regrettable, but all of us make mistakes. I will be abiding by the law, no one is above the law. I have paid the cash bail and will appear before the court and the entire course of law will be followed,” he added after recording a statement at Kilimani Police Station.