'My arrest has nothing to do with land, it is about the election,' claims Wanjigi
Billionaire businessman Jimi Wanjigi has dismissed claims that he was part of a racket that conspired to forge the title deed of a city-based land, leading to his arrest by sleuths on Tuesday.
According to Wanjigi, his wife Irene Nzisa Wanjigi and himself are the undisputed owners of the Westlands-based Ksh.1.2 billion parcel of land having previously moved to court to alert authorities about scammers intending to swindle them out of the property.
“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.
To further add onto his case, Wanjigi highlighted how the suspect who had been arrested in connection to the aforesaid alleged land grabbing incident was currently embroiled in a court case on the same.
“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.”
While hinting that his arrest could have been made as retaliation following his public firearms dispute with DCI boss George Kinoti, that culminated in an arrest warrant being issued for the latter for failing to adhere to orders by the court, Wanjigi underscored that he was only apprehended 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 continued on to say that he had planned to meet other members of the ODM party allied to him on Sunday to deliberate on a party president prior to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) February deadline.
“This weekend we were going to launch a special delegates congress where we had called about 2, 000 people, delegates of ODM, to elect the president of the party within 21 days. That was to happen this coming weekend on Sunday,” he said.
The businessman similarly warned a section of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration, who he claims orchestrated his arrest, that their time in government is 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.