Court bars police from arresting businessman Wanjigi

The High Court has restrained police from arresting business tycoon Jimmy Wanjigi over undisclosed offences.

Justice Chacha Mwita, for purposes of preventive measures admitted Wanjigi to a 50,000 shillings cash bail.

He further directed the police not to destroy or break any of Wanjigis properties while carrying out   the search on his property following a warrant they got from the courts.

Wanjigi through his lawyers James Orengo and Otiende Amollo told the court that police without warrant descended on Wanjigi’s property both in Nairobi and Malindi where they conducted a search without disclosing to him the motive. He says the motive is politically instigated.

Earlier, businessman Jimmy Wanjigi had sought to have Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett held personally liable for the various infringements and damage to his property.

Wanjigi sought anticipatory bail over any arrest and also wanted the High Court to stop the raid at his home in Muthaiga accusing the police of terrorizing and humiliating his family in violation to their right for privacy.

Wanjigi also argued that he has been for the last three months been subjected to untold mental and psychological anguish as police officers have been intimidating and trailing him curtailing his freedom of movement.

This comes after more CID officers arrived at his home in Muthaiga Tuesday morning armed with sledge hammers and to break into the house after being denied access since Monday afternoon.

And while his whereabouts remains unknown, unconfirmed reports said he is locked up in his house in Muthaiga.

The police are said to be in possession of a court order to search his house in Muthaiga, his Kwacha group offices in Parklands as well as his prestigious Caramel hotel in West lands.

In Parklands CID officers gained access to Kwacha house along General Mathenge road but are yet to commence with the search.

The search is connected to the recovery of weapons in a villa in Malindi associated with the controversial businessman where 5 rifles and 93 rounds of ammunition were seized.

Wanjigi has denied any links to the recovered weapons categorically saying that the property in Malindi does not belong to him or to any of his associates or affiliates as reported.

He argues that the ongoing raid is a deliberate attempt to embarrass him and his family and it is meant to settle political scores.

Through the Murumba and Awele advocates, Wanjigi is also seeking damages for the anguish and damage caused to his family.

Once a media shy businessman, Wanjigi has been in the limelight since the death of his friend Jacob Juma as well for his involvement in the NASA campaigns where he was in charge of resource mobilization.



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