Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi has opposed an application by the Director of Public Prosecution for him to be denied bond for 10 days in a case in which he is charged with knowingly spreading the coronavirus.
Mr Saburi has denied a charge of wilfully exposing himself in public while suffering from the Covid-19 disease and without taking precautions contrary to the Public Health Act.
Through lawyers George Kithi and Clifford Tollo on Thursday, he opposed DPP Noordin Haji’s application and instead asked a Mombasa court to release him on cash bail.
Mr Saburi told the court that he would comply with conditions for his release as he understood the consequences of disobeying them.
“The accused undertakes that he will not interfere or contact any witnesses,” Mr Kithi said, arguing the accused disclosed where he lived.
Mr Kithi further told Mombasa Principal Magistrate Elvis Michieka that granting Mr Saburi bond would not prejudice the public or the prosecution.
He also said the charges Mr Saburi faces should be viewed as any other and as such, there must be a compelling reason to deny him release.
The defence added that Mr Saburi was not a flight risk, that he faced trial in Mombasa and that movement into and out of that county was restricted so he would remain there.
“The mere fact that there are investigations to be covered has never been a reason to deny bail,” Mr Kithi also said.
He also noted that the accused has homes in Mombasa and Kilifi and that the prosecution had not submitted evidence to demonstrate that he was in danger.
“There is no evidence my client is in danger,” Mr Kithi said, adding the offence was bailable.