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DCI Director Kinoti Sentenced To 2 Months Imprisonment

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DCI Director George Kinoti has been sentenced to four months imprisonment for failing to obey a court order requiring him to release firearms belonging to businessman Jimi Wanjigi.

Kinoti is required to surrender to prison within seven days failure to which the Inspector General of Police should effect a warrant of arrest against him.

The warrant will be executed by the IG of Police.

“In the further event the IG of Police fails to execute the warrant, the same shall remain valid and be executed anytime including when Kinoti leaves the office of the DCI,” said Judge Mrima.

High Court Judge Anthony Mrima had in January 2019 directed the DCI, Inspector General of Police and the DPP to return all firearms and ammunition taken from Wanjigi’s residence in 2017.

The sought firearms are one pistol, a Smith and Wesson, one Glock pistol, one assault rifle among others.

Mrima in issuing the directive said the State acted irrationally by taking Wanjigi’s guns while he still held a valid license.

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Wanjigi has since filed a contempt of court proceedings against the DCI for failing to comply with the judge’s orders.

He wants them committed to civil jail.

But the DCI says they have appealed Mrima’s decision and the matter is still pending at the Court of Appeal.

In an affidavit, the DCI claims that some of the firearms held by Wanjigi are high precision military firearms not authorised to be held by civilians in Kenya under the Firearms Act.

“The firearms were subjected to ballistic examination and a report confirmed the Firearms Act prohibits them,” the affidavit read.

In September, Kinoti was to attend court to mitigate for sentencing but he filed an affidavit and chose not to attend court.


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