High court grants Jimmy Wanjigi 50,000 anticipatory bail


High Court has granted Businessman Jimmy Wanjigi anticipatory bail of Sh. 50,000.

Justice Chacha Mwita also directed that the police should not arrest him until 19th October at 11am when the matter will come up for further directions.

The court also made an order prohibiting the police from damaging his property.
The businessman and his wife allege that the DPP through his officers entered onto his residential premisses at Muthaiga on account of a suspected criminal offence committed on his property situated in Malindi without a search warrant.
They say that the police allege to be investigating him on allegations of possession of firearms and firearms dealing.

Wanjigi and his wife Irene Nzisa Wanjigi had moved to court seeking anticipatory bail over his arrest.

The Wanjigi’s were also seeking a declaratory order that excessive/disproportionate use of force by the police and the DPP as alleged or at all is illegal, unjustified and unconstitutional.
The petitioners were also seeking an order that the Inspector General of police who is the first respondent in the suit be held personally liable for the various infringements that have been occasioned by his directives against them and the damage caused to their property.
They claim that the raid has been concocted to embarrass him and falsely accuse him and is meant to settle political scores.
The couple say that article 36(1) entitles very person the right to freedom of association, including the right to form, join or participate in the activities of an association of any kin.
Wanjigi further say that article 38 entitles every citizen to political rights which extends to the freedom to make political choices, which includes the right to participate in the activities of, or recruit members for, a political party and to campaign for a political party or cause.
The petitioners claim that over the last three months Mr Wanjigi has been subjected to untold mental and physiological police officers who have been intimidating, trailing him and curtailing his freedom of movement and right to privacy.
He also says his life is in danger.