BY SIMIYU SIMIYU
Billionaire businessman Jimi Wanjigi has revealed what happened when the police raiding his home saw NASA leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking to a packed media at his residence for the first time since the police raided and reportedly seized six guns at his Malindi home on Sunday, the NASA financial supporter joked that the police officers who had invaded his home fled when they saw Hon Raila Odinga turn up at the residence.
On Monday, plain clothed police officers raided his Muthaiga home and demolished a section of his house to gain access and conduct a search.
“They raided my house, assaulted my wife who was recording the demolition but the moment they saw Baba (referring to Raila Odinga), they fled.” He said while surrounded by a cloud of NASA leaders and supporters.
“And I want to rebuke that action by the police.”
Mr Wanjigi, understood to have also funded President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 2013 general election, had jumped ship this time in support for Raila Odinga who was vying for the big seat in the August 8 election that was later nullified by the Supreme Court.
Pundits, and even Wanjigi himself, alluded to the raid as a plot by the government to victimise him for supporting the opposition.
“The raid was to victimise me for ardently supporting NASA,” he angrily explained while accompanied by his wife and parents.
“But I have the right to support anybody. They should not forget that their same Jubilee government was formed in my house they are raiding.” He clarified.
However, the search was short-lived as Siaya Senator James Orengo obtained a court order to stop the arrest of the business tycoon.
Present at the presser today included NASA co-principal and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, Parliament Minority leader and ODM Chairman Joseph Mbadi, Senator James Orengo and several other legislators.
Mr Odinga also narrated the odeal and slammed the police officers for blocking Wanjigi’s lawyer James Orengo to deliver a court order that was to stop the search and arrest of the billionaire.
“The armed officers still continued to search under the bed even after telling them that Mr Orengo was at the gate with a court order.” Said Mr Odinga.