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Businessman Wanjigi speaks on 72-hour raid at his home

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Businessman Jimi Wanjigi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has, for the first time, spoken on the 72-hour raid, siege and attack on his palatial home in Muthaiga, Nairobi.

Mr Wanjigi on Wednesday termed the three-day lockdown by officers drawn from the paramilitary General Service Unit, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and Special Crimes Prevention Unit as “absolute persecution”.

Addressing the media at his home in the company of National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders, Mr Wanjigi said he is an “innocent Kenyan” being harassed by the State.

“I’m innocent,” he said, hours after emerging from his hideout after a failed police effort to arrest him.

He spoke at his palatial residence in the upmarket Muthaiga estate on Wednesday.

Mr Wanjigi was accompanied by opposition leader Raila Odinga who spent Tuesday night at the home.

He said: “Thank you my brother (Mr Odinga) for being with my family overnight. Am innocent and I ‘m being persecuted? If it was not for Baba (Mr Odinga) I do not know where some of my family members would be. He came at the right time and stopped them in their tracks.”

Wanted man

Mr Wanjigi was a wanted a man since Monday until his lawyers rushed to court on Tuesday and secured an anticipatory bail barring police from arresting him.

Claiming innocence, he accused police of disregarding the law.

“To them the law is relevant,” Mr Wanjigi said.

Mr Odinga also said police had for some time prevented him from leaving the house, during which they claimed were acting on “orders from above.”

He also revealed that when he arrived at the house, he found police officers under the beds “conducting the so called search.”

Before the search, police had told a Nairobi court that they would be looking for guns, ammunition and explosives.

After the search police said they found an M4 — a military-grade rifle — five pistols and a shotgun at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi and that they were hoping to find documents with information on importation and use of the weapons.

Police finally left Mr Wanjigi’s house Wednesday morning.

Mr Odinga said what took place was “wanton destruction of private property” adding that Siaya senator James Orengo would move to court and file a case ,against Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet for contempt.

Contempt of court

Mr Wanjigi’s lawyer, Mr James Orengo, said he will be moving to court to sue Inspector-General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecution for contempt.

Mr Orengo said the two refused to vacate the premises of Mr Wanjigi even after being served with a court order.

Trespass

Mr Orengo said the siege was tantamount to trespass as the orders, obtained from the court required them to vacate immediately.

“We will proceed to file a contempt of court case against the DPP and the Inspector-General of Police for disobeying court orders,” said Mr Orengo.

“The orders required the police to vacate premises, but they continued to be in illegal occupation of the home,” he added.

He denied claims that the firearms that were found in Malindi house were not his and that they were amazed to be linked with it.

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