December 13, 2018

Wanjigi begins reaping benefits of Uhuru-Raila truce

Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi with his father, Maina Wanjigi (short in a white-collar). [www.the-star.co.ke]

Just three days after Kenya’s two main political protagonists –President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga signed a peace pact; the opposition has started enjoying the benefits of this truce.

First, passports belonging to key NASA point men will be returned. The State had confiscated the passports for NASA lawyer James Orengo and businessman Jimmy Wanjigi among others.

The two however, challenged this decision in court and an order was issued by the High Court barring the State from confiscating their passports until a case lodged by the two was heard and determined.

On February 19, Orengo and Wanjigi were temporarily barred by immigration officials from travelling to Zimbabwe to attend the burial of deceased opposition leader in the country Morgan Tsavingirai.

They were later cleared the following day around mid-day when they left for Zimbabwe.

Further, reports the Star, a case lodged by the state against Wanjigi and his father, Maina Wanjigi will be dropped.

Wanjigi had been charged with importation of a prohibited firearm while his father was charged with failure to keep his firearm in safe custody.

The two had been charged before a Nyeri Law Court but never appeared as they sought barring orders from the High Court which quashed the summons.

Wanjigi has been on government’s radar for bankrolling NASA campaign last year and also after the unofficial ‘swearing-in’ of Raila as the People’s President on January 30 at Uhuru Park.

Self-styed NRM ‘general’ lawyer Miguna Miguna also found himself at odds with the state following his role at Raila’s unofficial inauguration ceremony.

He was locked up for five days before his dramatic deportation to Canada.

NASA leaders, Kalonzo Muskoya, Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi will also have their security detail restored.

NASA leaders in Parliament, John Mbadi-Leader of Minority-and Junet Mohammed-Minority whip will have their cars back and security detail as well.

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