The High Court has issued a warrant of arrest against Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti for contempt of court.
Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai has been ordered to arrest Kinoti and present him in court to face contempt of court charges.
“Whereas George Maingi Kinoti has this day been charged before this court for contempt of court order pursuant to an order issued by Hon. Justice Mwita on the 21st June 2019. Therefore, you are hereby commanded to apprehend the said Mr. George Maingi Kinoti and to bring him before this court to answer to the said charge and to be further dealth with according to law,” reads the order.
Kinoti is accused of failing to return seven firearms to businessman Jimi Wanjigi as had been ordered by the court.
The court had directed Kinoti to ensure the firearms are surrendered to Wanjigi within the next thirty days.
The firearms were confiscated in October 2017, 10 days before the repeat presidential election.
Ever since, Wanjigi has been in court battling for their return. Last year, he filed a contempt of court case against Kinoti after he failed to return the firearms as directed in a past court ruling.
Meanwhile, the DCI maintains that some of the weapons confiscated from Wanjigi are high tech and should not be in the hand of a civilian.
According to the DCI, Wanjigi also lacks legal clearance to be in possession of some of the weapons.
“Investigations have revealed that Wanjigi holds more guns which he failed to surrender when ordered by the Firearms Licensing Board in the letter dated 30th January 2018…The two firearms were subjected to ballistics examination and a report by the DCI confirmed that they were prohibited,” an inspector of police told the court during a past session.