Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Hajji has withdrawn criminal  charges brought  against  businesses man Jimmy Maina Wanjigi  and seven  others.

Prosecuting counsel James Gachoka told the trial magistrate  Benard Ochoi that after extensive  review  of the criminal charges the DPP  found no sufficient evidence to charge the eight  accused  persons.

From Accused To Witness

The prosecutor  told  the court  that the DPP  will  have Wanjigi  and his  co-accused  become  prosecution  witnesses  in a criminal  case facing 11 accused persons who have been  charged.

“We will have the accused persons in this case to be withdrawn, become the witness in the case that has been constituted,” said the prosecutor

Consequently  the court  allowed application for the withdrawal  of charges  under  section  87(a) of criminal  procedure  code(CPC)

Wanjigi’s lawyer  Willis  Otieno  and his fellow defense  counsel did not oppose the application  for withdrawal.

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On the doorstep  of the court the flamboyant  businessman cum politician told journalists  that the case was against  him was politically  castigated. This was to bar him from  contesting  in the 2022 general election  as presidential  candidate.

“I was politically targeted by my competitors, and they weaponised the DCI to frustrate me as they they campaign,” Wanjigi  said.

He also  noted that his family  was implicated  in the criminal  charge  alleging  that there were plans by the state  to  drag his 91 year  old  father  into the case as suspect.

By Rodgers Oduor

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