Jimi Wanjigi, a billionaire businessman, denies that he was part of a racket that conspired to forge the title deed of a city-based land.
According to Wanjigi, his wife Irene Nzisa Wanjigi and himself, they are the true owners of the Westlands-based Ksh.1.2 billion parcel of land and only recently filed a case in court to alert government agencies about scammers who were trying to swindle them out of it.
“We went in 2018 to complain that there are fraudsters who are taking it away and now suddenly we are the culprits,” Wanjigi told reporters at the Kamukunji Police Station where he was being processed following his dramatic arrest.
Wanjigi then highlighted how the suspect facing court for the land-grabbing case was also involved in another court case.
“There is a previous police report, from the same Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that is lodged in court that charges the culprit, so you wonder what are these things that are coming up all of a sudden,” he said.
“It has nothing to do with the property just like the guns a few years ago. It is clearly just a persecution. These are lies about crimes we know nothing about.”
After hinting that his arrest could have been made as retaliation for his public dispute with DCI boss George Kinoti, who was charged with failing to adhere to orders by the court, Wanjigi underscored that the arrest was made in an attempt to derail his 2022 presidential bid.
“If he (Kinoti) wants to be he can be as petty as he wants right now. The DCI is a convict, he has no rights to put anybody in handcuffs. He has no rights and the court will adjudicate that. He is a convict and he was even sentenced,” Wanjigi said.
“This is just total rubbish. I think that he may be part of it. There is a bigger picture here and it has to do with elections after all why is it that every election it is Jimi that is sought. In 2017, I was looked for and now again in 2022. It is about the elections. I am making the elections very uncomfortable so let us see what is going to happen.”
Wanjigi stated that he plans to meet members of his party allied to him on Sunday in an effort to agree on a party president before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) February deadline.
The businessman also said that a section of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration was working in his arrest, and predicted that their time in the government was numbered.
“Power has an expiry date. It is coming; it is near and I want to tell those that believe in that persecution and impunity of their fellow Kenyans that they shall face the wrath of God. It is coming and they shall face it clearly and loudly,” said Wanjigi.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Nairobi court issued a warrant of arrest for Wanjigi over alleged conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery of a title deed.
The warrant was also issued against Wanjigi’s 7 other alleged co-conspirators among them his wife Irene Nzisa, Himanshu Velji Dodhia, Kaneez Noorani, Mohamed Hussein Noorani, Mohamed Hussanali, Kairu Augustine Thuo and John Nyanjua Njenga.