17 October 2017

Kenya: More Officers Arrive At Wanjigi's Home With Cutters, Sledge Hammers

Nairobi — More police officers Tuesday morning arrived at the Nairobi home of controversial businessman Jimi Wanjigi, where they have been conducting a search since Monday afternoon.

The officers were seen carrying sledge hammers and heavy metal cutters for use in breaking into locked rooms as they continue with their search.

The search, at the Muthaiga mansion not far from the American ambassador's residence, was prompted by the discovery of weapons at a villa he is said to own in Malindi, where four rifles were seized and workers arrested.

Ninety three bullets were also found.

NASA leaders have condemned the raid and are filing a case Tuesday morning against it, with reports indicating they are also seeking anticipatory bail for the tycoon who has been oiling Opposition campaigns.

The whereabouts of Wanjigi remain unknown since Monday.

Though politicians and family members said they don't know his whereabouts, police believe Wanjigi is hiding within the premises.

Head of the Flying Squad Kiprotich Saidi told reporters: "We want to talk to him."

According to Siaya Senator James Orengo, the raid is illegal since allegedly police don't have a search warrant, but police acquired one on Wednesday morning.

Orengo says the businessman is being victimized for his link's with NASA leader Raila Odinga.

Armed General Service Unit officers have taken over guard at the compound.

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