Jimmy Wanjigi moves to court to stop ‘police harassment’


Jimmy Wanjigi moves to court to stop 'police harassment'
File photo: Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi

Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi has moved to court seeking orders to stop the ongoing police operation at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi.

Wanjigi, together with his wife Irene Nzisa Wanjigi, sued the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

In an application filed through Murumba & Awele Advocates, the businessman says the weapon connection claimed by the police “has been concocted and conveniently framed to embarrass him and merely meant to settle political scores.”

He claims that the DPP has no legitimate grounds for searching their premises or preferring criminal charges against them.

Wanjigi says that he has been subjected to arbitrary threats by agents operating under instructions from the Inspector General.

“The applicant, in particular, has over the last three months been subjected to untold mental and psychological anguish as police officers have been intimidating, harassing him and trailing him, curtailing his freedom of movement and right to privacy,” read the statement.

He wants the court to restrain police from “further trespassing, breaking into or in any way interfering with” the private residence without a court order.

Further, the Wanjigis are seeking general damages for the destruction caused by agents of the respondents in their property.

In a certificate of urgency filed by lawyer Jackson Awele, the couple has denied having knowledge of the cache of firearms that were discovered yesterday in Malindi.

“The applicants deny knowledge of the said cache and categorically state that the property wherein the same were discovered, if at all, does not belong to them or any of their associates or affiliates as reported or at all,” Wanjigi submitted.

Wanjigi’s wife claims that she has reasons to believe that “the threatened arrest and constant harassment is politically motivated and the threatened arrest and search have no legitimate connection whatsoever with the legitimate objectives recognized by law.”

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