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Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017 13:09 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Embattled businessman Jimi Wanjigi has spoken for the first time after a 72-hour siege at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi as NASA leader Raila Odinga accuses the police of setting him up with illegal guns.
Mr Wanjigi, whom police could not trace his hideout within his palatial home, addressed a press conference today as he unveiled the secrets between him, President Kenyatta and Raila.
He was flanked by wife Nzisa Wanjiru, Raila, NASA principal Moses Wetangula, Siaya Senator James Orengo and other NASA leaders when he 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”.
Mr Wanjigi, who however appeared jovial accused the police officers who had been deployed at his home of assaulting his wife.
“The police officers who were sent here assaulted my wife. They roughed up my wife who was trying to record their brutal activates of breaking into a section of my house,” Mr Wanjigi told the press.
The businessman disclosed that his wife kept crying throughout the three-day siege as he allegedly hid in the safe in his house that the police officers failed to break into to whisk him out. He said he was an “innocent Kenyan” being harassed by the State.
Raila accused the Jubilee government of using the security apparatus to harass the businessman through a trumped up set up of illegal guns. “The alleged discovery of illegal guns in Wanjigi’s homes is a set up by the police. Even the public display of weapons recovered in Wanjigi’s Malindi home are photographs taken in 2012. That is why Jimmi should be left alone”, said the NASA leader.
Raila went to Jimi Wanjigi's home in Muthaiga at 7.45 pm last night after police broke into it physically and claimed there were guns there. On his part, Orengo announced that he would be moving to court to a file a contempt of court proceedings against the police for failing to abide by a court order.
In what appeared like unearthing the secrets of his heavily guarded homed, Mr Wanjigi said President Uhuru Kenyatta and and Mr Odinga have been holding various meetings in his house, conspicuous being the meeting that was held in the 2013 after the general elections that the Supreme Court upheld. He blamed the current predicaments he was going through to his latest move to support Mr Odinga and NASA coalition.
“My support for Baba is unwavering and unshaken and we will not be waived. The Uhuru Kenyatta administration was created in this house. Mr Kenyatta and Raila Odinga met in this house in 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his victory.
“President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have visited here; their government was formed in this home. They have eaten in this home”, he said.
Police raided several establishments owned by Mr Wanjigi, creating tension in his home and several offices that lasted for three days. On Tuesday, however, government spokesperson Mr Eric Kiraithe told a press briefing that the raid and investigation into Mr Wanjigi’s private life was in the interest of national security.