Flamboyant business mogul and ODM party presidential hopeful, Jimmy Wanjigi, on Sunday, August 29, opened up on why he keeps assorted arms at his palatial Muthaiga home.
In a televised interview yesterday, Wanjigi told Citizen TV that all the weapons are licensed by the government through the Firearms Licensing Bureau.
Wanjigi whose home was raided in the run-up to the 2017 polls added that despite holding the assorted firearms for years, he does not carry them at any time.
“Should a businessman have what looks like a cache of arms at home?” Kaikai enquired.
“Those are licensed weapons, licensed by the government, as you know there is a renewal process every year,” Wanjigi stated, seemingly amused by the questions before adding that despite having the firearms, he is not a fan of guns at all.
“I am no different from other Kenyans with licenses. I have had licenses for more than 20 years and I do not think that is too bad because I do not carry the weapons on me. I am not a fan of guns at all.”
During the infamous raid at his palatial residence in 2017, police recovered assorted firearms totaling five, including one shotgun, and a military-grade M4 assault rifle.
Police at the time stated that they had obtained a search warrant for Wanjigi’s home in order to question him over links to the cache of weapons.
He would them move to court, filing an application in which he claimed that the probe was a failed attempt to settle political scores at a time when the country was politically charged due to the nullification of the 2017 Presidential polls.
He also opened up on how he made it in business, from humble beginnings to his current status.
Wanjigi shared that he started off as a garbage collector and grew his ventures into the current multi-million ones.
“My first business was garbage collection. I pioneered private garbage collection in this country and started without a penny,” he stated.
He also explained that the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) was meant to be a Public Private Partnership project that would run from Mombasa to Malaba at a cost of Ksh55 billion but the project’s cost rose to Ksh300 billion after it was taken over by the government, connecting the Nairobi and Mombasa cities only.
“SGR became a government project, the intention was for it to be a public-private partnership. The Chinese had given the money and I suggested it be re-allocated to roads. I am a businessman, I want to make money,” stated Wanjigi.