April 20, 2019

You will not become legitimate by persecuting me, Wanjigi tells Uhuru

Businessman Jimi Wanjigi has lashed out at President Uhuru Kenyatta over what he termed as persecution intended to intimidate him and the Opposition.

Mr Wanjigi, an influential Raila Odinga and National Super Alliance ally, was on Wednesday (28/2/17) evening confronted by heavily armed police officers who dramatically blocked him in their attempt to serve him a court order to appear at a Nyeri court on Thursday (1/3/18).

“I would like to address my old friend, he was my friend until he burst the door of my house, President Uhuru Kenyatta you will not be legitimate by persecuting Kenyans. You will not become legitimate by persecuting me,” said an agitated Wanjigi.

Wanjigi said that legitimacy is gotten from the people of Kenya and the Head of State cannot force himself on the citizens.

“The other day it was my passport, the time before that was gun revocation, and as I said before, this is becoming comical, another day it was an obituary. It is a persecution,” stated Wanjigi.

On his Nyeri court summon, the billionaire noted he was not aware of it.

“I have anticipatory bail in two courts, why should you come for me in such a manner?” queried Wanjigi.

Wanjigi’s lawyer, Willis Otieno, termed the incident as unfortunate and a blatant violation of his client’s human rights.

“We believe this is continued harassment and intimidation meant to achieve a vindictive political agenda. The state is abusing the law to intimidate and harass its people,” said lawyer Otieno.

In February, Wanjigi and several Opposition leaders sought anticipatory bail not to be arrested over their roles in the controversial ‘swearing-in’ of Raila on January 30.

Wanjigi was later in February 20, barred alongside Siaya Senator James Orengo from travelling to Zimbabwe for the burial of the country’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

This was even after High Court had suspended the orders revoking their passports.

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