Did Kilifi Deputy Governor give sh 5 million for research, resign and apologize for endangering lives?

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Days after being forced into quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, Kilifi County deputy governor has broken his silence in a statement widely circulated on social media and attributed to the embattled leader.

Still under quarantine, undergoing treatment and facing possible prosecution for endangering lives by failing to self isolate for 14 days after arriving from Germany, a Covid -19 hot spot, the deputy governor has owned up to his mistake and asked for forgiveness.

“On March 7th, I arrived back to the country from a work trip in Berlin, Germany. At that time, Germany had 800 confirmed cases of COVID-19. With this knowledge, I should have entered into a self-quarantine protocol upon my return. I did not; I went about my daily business oblivious of the health risk I was exposing to others. I was arrogant. I was careless. I have sinned.” a statement he released to the media read.

Despite his previous mistake and impending conseaquces that he must face, the DG has been actively involved in mapping out areas he visited and the tracking down the people he had contact with. He also hired a cleaning company to fumigate all bussiness establishments he visited.

Moreover, the deputy governor has also donated a total sum of ksh 5 million to the department of tropical medicine and infectious diseases at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) to facilitate research in infectious diseases.

Quoting “Gates of Repentance ” by Yom Kipur, the hospitalized leader acknowledged his mistakes and accepted to face the consequences to follow as a common man without the protection of the office he currently holds. To that end he announced his resignation.

The statement shared widely has however been proven to be a hoax as the deputy governor had not communicated the same to his boss in writing as required by law.

John Otieno

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