DCI Kinoti Faces Jail in Tussle With Jimi Wanjigi

  • DCI Kinoti speaking during his visit to Naari Level 4 Sub-County Hospital in Meru on Thursday 25
    DCI Kinoti speaking during his visit to Naari Level 4 Sub-County Hospital in Meru on Thursday 25
  • Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti is facing jail in a case involving billionaire businessman and presidential aspirant Jimi Wanjigi.

    Kinoti was supposed to present himself in person on Monday, September 27, in court but missed the summon.

    Justice Anthony Mrima, who was presiding over the case, ruled that Kinoti was guilty of contempt of court.

    Several guns laid on a table
    Several guns laid on a table.

    Following the disobedience of these court orders, Justice Mrima directed the DCI to appear at the High Court on November 18, 2021, for sentencing.

    The case involves seven guns confiscated from Wanjigi's home. In 2019 the High Court ordered the state to return Wanjigi’s firearms to him.

    But the firearms were never returned to the businessman. In February 2021, the court gave further orders for the DCI to ensure the mogul got his guns back but the orders were ignored.

    In 2019, Justice Chacha Mwita ruled that the government acted unreasonably by taking away Wanjigi's firearms since he had a valid license.

    “The plaintiff’s rights were violated by the respondents. The actions of the respondents were unlawful and actuated by malice. The court grants orders that all firearms be returned to the plaintiff,” Justice Mwita ruled.

    Wanjigi told the court that the police raided his house without a search warrant and took his firearms.

    He further argued that there was no proof of misuse of the guns nor had he been charged in any court for crimes.

    The tycoon, on Sunday, August 29, told Citizen TV during a televised interview that all the firearms were licensed by the government through the Firearms Licensing Bureau.

    The businessman, however, stated that despite holding the assorted firearms for years, he does not carry them at any time.

    "Those are licensed firearms, licensed by the government, as you know there is a renewal process every year," Wanjigi stated, seemingly amused by the query.

    "I am no different from other Kenyans with licenses. I have had licenses for more than 20 years and I do not think that is too bad because I do not carry the firearms on me. I am not a fan of guns at all."

    Businessman Jimi Wanjigi (left) and Citizen TV's Director of Strategy and Innovation, Linus Kaikai (right) at the former's house in Muthaiga, Nairobi.