Police go after Jimi Wanjigi’s father with fresh charges

Former minister to appear in court over weapons recovered at Jimi Wanjigi’s house

The former Lands and Settlement Minister will appear in court at the Nyeri Chief Magistrate Court on Monday 05 March 2018 to be charged with gun-related offence.

According to The Standard, two police officers visited his Karen home on Saturday and served him the summonses requiring his presence in court to answer to charges of “failing to keep safe custody of a firearm”.

His gun was among those recovered from Jimi Wanjigi’s house during a police raid last year.

The former minister who is a licensed gun hold expressed surprise at the decision to charge him in court, stating that the police took the weapon from his bedroom where he spent the night at his son’s house.

“How can they say I failed to keep the weapon when they took it from my bedroom? I was present when they took the weapon.” He questioned.

The summonses read in part that “your attendance is necessary to appear in Chief Magistrate Court at Nyeri to take plea in a criminal case number 253 of 2018 on a charge of failing to keep safe custody of a firearm as read with Firearms Act.”

The senior Wanjigi’s troubles come after an infamous raid at Jimi Wanjigi’s Muthaiga home last year.

Opposition politicians read malice in the raid terming it politically motivated due to Jimi’s close links with the opposition coalition National Super Alliance.

On Wednesday this week, police blocked Jimi Wanjigi in traffic but failed to serve him with a notice requiring him to appear in court after he declined to open the doors of his car as ordered.

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