Kalonzo Pleads With Wanjigi to Save Kinoti From Jail Term

  • A collage of DCI boss George Kinoti(Left), Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka(Center), and Businessman Jimi Wanjigi(Right).
    A collage of DCI boss George Kinoti(Left), Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka(Center), and Businessman Jimi Wanjigi(Right).
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  • Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has pleaded with businessman Jimi Wanjigi to forgive the Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti, and save him from his four-month jail sentence.

    The former Vice President, who was in the accompaniment of Wanjigi at a church function in Machakos on Sunday, November 28, offered to mediate between the two and find a truce that ensures that Kinoti is a free man.

    During his address, Kalonzo explained that Kinoti had done an excellent job at the investigative agency and that he should be allowed to continue with his role.

    DCI Boss George Kinoti Speaking during a press conference at DCI headquarters on March 5, 2020.
    DCI Boss George Kinoti Speaking during a press conference at DCI headquarters on March 5, 2020.
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    "I want to ask you one thing Jimi. There is one man named Kinoti who has helped in arresting thieves. I know his matter is in court because you want to commit him to jail.

    "Kinoti is just a faithful servant of this republic executing his duty so I would like to intervene. You know that I am an arbitrator, I will call you with Kinoti so that you can forgive each other so that he can continue with his work," Kalonzo stated.

    The Wiper leader also explained that the differences between the two would taint the image of the presidential aspirant who is contesting for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

    Kalonzo expressed that the job needed someone who would be tolerant and forgiving because of the conflicts that arise with the topmost job in the country.

    "This Jimi is dangerous. He wants to jail the DCI boss because he was ordered to return the guns and he did not,

    "Let us talk about this. You know you are going for the presidency and if you want to rescue the country, you have to have a forgiving heart," Kalonzo advised.

    At the centre of contention between the businessman cum politician and Kinoti is a judgment by Justice Antony Mrima who found the DCI boss guilty of contempt of court for failing to return guns belonging to Wanjigi.

    “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.

    Consequently, on November 24, Mrima declined to suspend the four-month jail term of the embattled DCI boss following an application filed at the High Court by Attorney General Paul Kihara.

    High Court Judge Antony Mrima in his office in Migori County in June 2020.
    High Court Judge Antony Mrima in his office in Migori County in June 2020.
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