Babu Owino with Jimmy Wanjigi

Police on Monday conducted a raid on a house in Malindi suspected to belong to controversial Nairobi businessman Jimmy Wanjigi and recovered guns and ammunition.

The early morning raid was carried out by a heavily armed multi-agency team following a court order to ransack it. Officers recovered five AK-47 rifles and 93 bullets.

The Star reports that police and intelligence agencies have been monitoring movement to and from the house and several other people both in Nairobi and Mombasa.

Detectives suspect that the controversial businessman has been working with several people to bring guns into the country using different entry points.

Workers found at the house said the billionaire businessman, with close links to high profile politicians in the country, is their boss. Documents found at the residence bear the name of one of Wanjigi’s business ventures, Kwacha Group of Companies.

One of the documents indicated work on a generator where the customer is listed as Kwacha Group of Companies (Malindi).

The controversial wheeler-dealer was said to be single-handedly financing Nasa campaigns before the August 8th elections. Initially, he mostly operated behind the scenes and there were only rumours about his activities. But then as the date approached, he became bold enough and started appearing in public. He was there at Catholic University when Raila was hosted on a solo debate. He was also there at Bomas when results started trickling in.

Last month, there were reports that the billionaire and his point-man in the NASA coalition, Willis Otiento, who also happens to be the campaign secretariat chief, were unwanted.

According to The Star, Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), Musalia Mudavadi (ANC) and Moses Wetang’ula (Ford Kenya) all told Raila they did not want Wanjigi because “he did not help NASA as expected and instead caused the team problems.”