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DCI George Kinoti handed 4 months jail term

[DCI George Kinoti. Photo/Courtesy].

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 an investor 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 January 2019, High Court Judge Anthony Mrima 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 said the State acted irrationally by taking Wanjigi’s guns while he still held a valid license.

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

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.