Kalonzo pleads with Wanjigi to spare Kinoti jail term

Sunday, November 28th, 2021 21:04 |
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka
Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka .Photo/courtesy

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka has asked businessman Jimi Wanjigi to intervene and spare Director of Criminal Investigation (DCI) George Kinoti from his four-month jail sentence.

The presidential hopeful, who was accompanied by Wanjigi at a church function in Machakos on Sunday, November 28, offered to mediate between Kinoti and Wanjigi and hopefully find a truce that ensures that the DCI boss is a free man.

"Kinoti is a faithful servant of this republic executing his duty, so I would like to intervene. You know that I am an arbitrator, I will call you with Kinoti so that you can forgive each other and be able to find truce in this matter," Kalonzo said.

According to, Kalonzo, the current differences between the two taints the image of the presidential aspirant who is contesting for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

Justice Antony Mrima found the DCI boss guilty of contempt of court for failing to return guns belonging to Wanjigi.

“The plaintiff’s rights were violated by the respondents. The actions of the respondents were unlawful and actuated by malice. The court grants orders that all firearms be returned to the plaintiff,” Justice Mwita ruled.

Soon after, the ruling Wanjigi called on Kinoti to stop wasting time and present himself to prison.

Speaking in Meru County during a campaign tour, the Orange party politician said he was wondering why Kinoti is still free even after he was
sentenced to four months in jail for defying a court order.

However, efforts by the Attorney General to stop the four-month prison sentence imposed to the DCI boss flopped a fortnight ago.

Justice Mrima declined a plea by Attorney General Kihara Kariuki to grant a temporary reprieve to DCI to suspend implementation of the jail term or his imminent arrest by the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

“Given the nature of orders sought by the AG and history of the matter, this court is of the view that any orders will be considered after hearing of the application,” Mrima ruled.

While rejecting the attempt to set aside the November 18 orders, Mrima noted that the AG’s application was filed a day to the lapse of the seven-day window granted for Kinoti to surrender to prison authorities.

He observed that the AG has since withdrawn a notice of appeal lodged on Friday against the sentence.

Kinoti was sentenced on Thursday after he was found guilty of defying a court order compelling him to return firearms confiscated from Wanjigi in 2017.

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