, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 – Offices belonging to businessman Jimi Wanjigi were Tuesday occupied by policemen who were on a mission to search the property following Monday’s discovery of weapons at a villa he allegedly owns in Malindi.
One of the detectives who spoke on condition of anonymity but is privy to the ongoing search said that they were waiting for their counterparts who were by then at Wanjigi’s residence in Muthaiga to join them in his Westlands office.
“We cannot give you further details..” he said.
By late Tuesday evening, the detectives were still locked up in Wanjigi’s offices at Kwacha House situated along General Mathenge Road but journalists were not allowed access beyond the gate.
In his Muthaiga mansion, however, police said they had recovered seven firearms and 600 bullets including a military grade M4 rifle not allowed in civilian hands.
A senior police officer briefed on the findings says the other guns seized are a Miniacher rifle, 3 Glock pistols, a Smith and a Wesson revolver.
The police are trying to establish whether the businessman had a license for the six guns found on his premises.
His woes started after the villa he allegedly owns in Malindi was raided and four AK-47 rifles and 93 bullets recovered.
The four workers who were in the villa were picked up for questioning by the detectives.
The raids are being conducted by Flying Squad and Special Crimes Prevention Unit officers who were backed up by a team of General Service Unit officers deployed there Monday night.
Wanjigi and his wife have already obtained anticipatory bails of Sh50,000 each following an application filed at the High Court which also restrained police from searching his homes or businesses.
In the order issued on Tuesday, Justice Chacha Mwita directed that Wanjigi should not be harassed until Wednesday when the suit he has filed under a certificate of urgency is heard inter-partes.
Through his lawyers, Wanjigi says the move is conveniently framed to embarrass and falsely accuse them to merely settle political scores”.
His lawyers and other NASA leaders have separately argued that the raid at Wanjigi’s home is due to his involvement in Opposition activities since he is said to heavily fund its leader, Raila Odinga.