A court has sentenced the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti to four months' imprisonment at Kamiti Maximum Prison.

This comes after Kinoti failed to follow court orders that required him to return seven firearms confiscated from popular ODM presidential aspirant Jimmy Wanjigi in 2017.

The DCI boss is expected to surrender to Kamiti Maximum Prison within 7 days and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has been ordered to issue a warrant of arrest for Kinoti should he fail.

The firearms were confiscated from Wanjigi’s Malindi home in a crackdown that was linked to his close association with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Justice Chacha Mwita rules that the state had acted irrationally by confiscating the firearms because Wanjigi still had a valid license to have them.

He also said Wanjigi’s rights were violated and the seizure of the firearms was unlawful therefore ordered that they be returned to him.

“The plaintiff’s rights were violated by the respondents. The actions of the respondents were unlawful and actuated by malice. The court grants orders that all firearms be returned to the plaintiff,” Mwita ruled.

Earlier in the year, the Nairobi High Court issued a 30-day notice for the DCI boss to comply with Mwita’s order and return the firearms to Wanjigi by March 25, 2021.

Apparently, the DCI boss failed to return the firearms, prompting Wanjigi to file a contempt of court case against him.