Where else in Africa other than Kenya can an opposition party leaning businessman have the freedom and audacity to own AK 47, G3 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades?
Controversial businessman Jimmy Wanjigi is perhaps lucky to be a Kenyan living in Nairobi and not Ugandan living in Kampala! Chances are that Mr Wanjigi, who according to city lawyer Herman Omari possesses a cache of assault weapons, could be languishing at the Luziri maximum prison on the shores of Lake Victoria if he were Ugandan!
Where else in Africa other than Kenya can an opposition party leaning businessman have the freedom and audacity to own AK 47, G3 rifles and rocket-propelled grenades? And even have the temerity to cross swords with the country’s head of state whose government gave the same Wanjigi licenses to import the said assault weapons!
Jimmy Wanjigi is said to have made a fortune supplying single-sourced inflated tenders that delivered “hot air” to the government, laughing all the way to the bank!
According to Mr Omari who is in court on behalf of a concerned citizen, Mr Wanjigi has no right to own weapons whose calibre are a preserve of the country national security organs. Mr Wanjigi is in the 2022 presidential race, he rose to prominence during the Mwai Kibaki regime in 2008-12 when he allegedly made a fortune from the multi-billion shilling Anglo Leasing scam.
Mr Wanjigi is said to have made a fortune supplying single-sourced inflated tenders that delivered “hot air” to the government, laughing all the way to the bank! Since 2016-2019 the tycoon has clashed with President Kenyatta who is said to have ordered security agencies to storm Mr Wanjigi’s residence in search of the guns which they never found!
The businessman was a close confidante of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, he is said to have bankrolled the ODM party activities at the time. ODM is Kenya’s largest opposition party. Wanjigi is seeking the ODM ticket party but so far the going has been rough as party fanatics warned him that the outfit “belongs” to Odinga!
President Kenyatta is likely to retire without having tamed the tycoon who has been a thorn in his flesh despite the 2018 “handshake” with Raila. Wanjigi is reported to be in the business of exporting arms to D.R Congo and remains defiant to the head of state who once accused him of “betraying” his community!
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