, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Police on Monday raided the Nairobi home of businessman Jimi Wanjigi in Muthaiga.
The raid took place after police recovered rifles and bullets at a villa in Malindi he is suspected to own.
In Malindi, police said they found four AK-47 rifles and 93 bullets.
Four workers, there were picked up for questioning.
In the afternoon, officers from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit stormed his residence in Nairobi.
– NASA reads politics in the raid –
Siaya Senator James Orengo led a group of Opposition leaders to the Muthaiga residence and linked it to politics, owing to his relationship with National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga.
According to Orengo, police wanted to arrest Wanjigi but other than the Malindi cache, he could not confirm whether anything else was recovered at the Nairobi home.
He indicated that he did not know Wanjigi’s whereabouts.
“They (police) have made clear that they want to arrest him but this will not work because there is no way police can succeed to prosecute a case under such circumstances,” he said.
Orengo questioned the manner in which police raided the house claiming they didn’t apply for a warrant from the courts.
“According to us, this is an illegal search,” Senator Orengo said.
He said although he could not confirm if the Malindi villa belongs to Wanjigi, “the guns could have been planted there.”
“They would have gone to court first,” he asserted. “In court, they would have obtained a proper search warrant.”
According to him, “it doesn’t make sense that he would keep guns in his house.”
Others present at Muthaiga were MP Junet Mohammed and former Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama among other leaders.
“This country has turned into a police State… he is being haunted because of politics. This is an absurdity,” Mohammed said.
“Wanjigi is a law abiding citizen; he would have availed himself to them.”
He noted that “the association of Mr Wanjigi with NASA is not a secret. He is being tormented for being a friend of NASA.”