Kaneyan Senator, Jonathan Sakaja was arrested on Saturday night at a Ladies lounge in the Kilmani area of Nairobi for flouting Government regulations.
An incensed Senator took to his Twitter page moments after his release on Sunday morning declaring his innocence “Never been arrested. Won’t be. Show me an OB Number”.
The irony of the arrest of the Honourable Senator wasn’t lost on the Kenyan public when reading the account of the arrest and connecting the legislative dots.
As the Chair of the Ad-hoc Committee on COVID19, the alleged timing, conduct of his arrest surely raised eyebrows when the Police were probed about the incident.
Police officers responded to a report of a Bar named the Ladies Lounge which was still operating past 1:00am Sunday morning. Upon their arrival, they noticed a group of people drinking outside the bar.
When asked to disperse, there was a lack of compliance, at which time the officers called for backup. Upon the arrival of the reinforcements the situation worsened.
According to Deputy OCPD, Kilimani Adan Hassan with his team joined the other officers at the bar. “It is then that Honourable Sakaja became violent. He incited the others not to get away and was arrested”.
A stark difference to the measures adopted by the Senatorial committee that Honourable Sakaja chaired less than three months ago where the curfew hours were extended to between 9 pm to 4 am as part of efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic while bars are banned.