Wanjigi resurfaces, claims harassment by government

Jimmy Wanjigi together with wife, on the left is Moses Wetangula at his premises. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi on Wednesday resurfaced after 3 days of hibernation at his home in Muthaiga.

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.

NASA leaders on Tuesday night went to his home, engaged police, condemned the siege and spent the night there.

Mr Odinga addressing the media at Wanjigi’s house said police had for some time prevented him from leaving the house, during which they claimed they were acting on “orders from above.”

Police last night broke into rooms within the posh home but are yet to recover more arms which they claim are owned illegally by the businessman, who has close links with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Police who sealed off the compound from free access by business partners and politicians associated with Wanjigi, only allowed Raila into the compound at around 8 PM Tuesday night.

They however barred NASA lawyer James Orengo and former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama from entering the compound despite Raila’s plea.

“This is not a police state, if police are the ones breaking the law then what will happen if ordinary Kenyans take the law unto their own hands?” Said Raila.

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 of court.

Mr Wanjigi has been a wanted man since Monday until his lawyers rushed to court on Tuesday and secured an anticipatory bail of 50,000 that bars police from arresting him.