Police launch manhunt for Italians “who sold” Malindi villa to Wanjigi

Some of the items police found at the Malindi home, said to belong to aNairobi businessman Jimmy Wanjigi , during a raid on October 16, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kilifi, KENYA: Police in Malindi have launched a manhunt for two Italians who owned a villa in which police say firearms were recovered from on Monday.

Police have also revealed that the duo had sold the house to billionaire business man Jimmy Wanjingi two months prior to the raid.

Malindi police chief Matawa Muchangi said Glorani Ferliga and Franco Fantani had sold the house to Wanjigi and were in the process of handing over documents, including title deeds.

“Our investigations indicate that the sale agreement was already sealed and the owners of the house had already vacated the house to another house in Malindi, to pave way for Wanjigis employees who had already occupied the house during the raid. “he said.

Mr Muchangi noted that the whereabouts of the two Italians remain unknown, however police together with a multi agency team are looking for the two Italian nationals to aid in the ongoing investigations.

“We are following some leads,and soon we will be able to get into contact with the two”,said Muchangi.

According to a police officer who requested to remain anonymous said the duo is alleged to have sneaked out of the country three days prior to the raid, and Kenyan police officers had contacted the Italian Authorities to assist in establishing the whereabouts of the two.

“Our officers are working closely with the, Italian Embassy here in Kenya to assist us in locating the two nationals whom we suspect have gone into hiding, the two are persons of interest to aid police in the investigations, on whether they knew the presence of the guns before they vacated the house”, said an officer.

However, Siaya Senator James Orengo on Monday told journalists that the Malindi home which was raided by police and arms seized is not owned by Jimmy Wanjigi.

He said they have information that the cache of arms was planted owing to the businessman’s association with the National Super Alliance.

Meanwhile, more detectives on Tuesday arrived at the home of businessman Jimmy Wanjigi in Muthaiga, Nairobi, in a raid and siege that started on Monday.

They arrived in the morning carrying heavy equipment and tools, including sledge hammers, which they used to break into Jimmy Wanjigi’s home.

The businessman’s house has been under siege for 24 hours.