Jimmy Wanjigi Biography
Jimmy Wanjigi (Jimi Richard Wanjigi) was born in 1962. He is a businessman and political influencer. During the 2017 general election, he was one of the financiers for the National Super Alliance (Nasa).
Jimmy Wanjigi Age
Jimmy was born in 1962, he is 57 years of age as of 2019.
Jimmy Wanjigi Education Background
Jimmy Wanjigi attended St Mary’s School, Nairobi and in 1982 he enrolled at the University of York in Canada, he left before graduating. When he came back he worked at his father’s company in Westlands, Nairobi.
Jimmy Wanjigi Wealth
Wanjigi has figured out how to rise from a normal aspiring man to an oligarch of the mainland level. This, supposedly, has been accomplished after he got special access to multi-billion tenders for the legislature, a solitary sourced opportunity that he right now applies to his advantage. In that capacity, he is among a couple of investors who control Kenya unobtrusively. Other than his Muthaiga Road fabulous mansion remaining on five sections of land, he claims a level in Park Lane, London, jolt openings in the United Arab Emirates, and homes in Zurich. Besides, he claims an armada of top range vehicles and airplanes, he possesses a helicopter which is worked by Lady Lori Kenya Ltd. Jimmy Wanjigi’s total assets are estimated to run the number of billions.
Jimmy Wanjigi Cars
One of the cars owned by Jimmy Wanjigi according to sources is a custom plated Rolls Royce reported to have sent the businessman back about Ksh 30 million.
Jimmy Wanjigi Politics
He opened an office on 5th Floor, Ukulima Plaza, he became friends with Brigadier (Rtd) Wilson Boinett, who had been appointed to head the Special Branch in 1995 with a singular agenda of transforming the spy agency from a tool for the suppression of dissent to intelligence gathering.
By this time, the opposition had been weakened by wrangling within Ford-Kenya, pitting its leader Wamalwa Kijana against Raila Odinga.
The source of acrimony was allegations that Mr. Wamalwa, as Public Accounts Committee chairman, had received a bribe from Goldenberg scandal architect Kamlesh Pattni to exonerate the government from wrongdoing in the fictitious compensation for export of gold and precious stones.
This led to the split that saw Mr. Odinga quit to form the National Development Party (NDP). Kenneth Matiba had also fallen out with his Secretary-General, Martin Shikuku, and the opposition ranks were in disarray.
It is during this period that Mr. Wanjigi got to know the likes of opposition maverick James Orengo, Mr. Odinga, Mr. Joe Donde and
late Kanu stalwart Joseph Kamotho, among others.
That he easily infiltrated both the opposition ranks and the government amazed friend and foe. In the business circles, Mr. Wanjigi became a close ally of Sunil Behal, the owner of construction company Krishan Behal and Sons, whose hefty contributions to then-Vice-President George Saitoti’s Harambee meetings were widely known.
Mr. Behal was also a wheeler-dealer and had emerged as the king of tenderpreneurs, winning various tenders to the extent that Parliament was once told — by Prof Anyang Nyong’o — that he was so powerful that he boasted “he could even sack ministers who were trying to correct his job”.
Mr. Behal’s life would, however, end scandalously in October 2005 when he collapsed and died after taking what police suspected to be heroin.
He had checked into Nairobi Safari Club at Lilian Towers, Nairobi, in the company of a woman at about 1 am and moments later, he was dead.
“For Boinett, he could get raw intelligence easily on what each and every group was doing,” a source familiar with Mr. Wanjigi’s earlier dealings said.
After Mr. Behal’s death, Mr. Wanjigi became the administrator of his multimillion-shilling estate, which then included the 44 Muthaiga property — where he now lives and which he has turned into a mini-Fort Knox or something resembling the 2002 American film thriller Panic Room.
This fact emerged in a 2005 civil suit at a Milimani court where he filed an affidavit as to the “joint administrator” of Sunil Behal’s estate.
It was while at Ukulima Plaza that Mr. Wanjigi was also introduced to another Mr. Bagman, Nairobi Provincial Commissioner Fred Waiganjo — the man credited by Cyrus Jirongo as having introduced him into big business.
Mr. Jirongo was the chairman of the notorious Youth for Kanu 92, an outfit that campaigned for President Daniel arap Moi during the first multi-party election following the repeal of Section 2(a) of the then-Constitution.
Multiple sources say so close were Mr. Waiganjo and Mr. Wanjigi that, when the former PC died, he helped the family to secure
administration of the multimillion-shilling empire.
It was however through his dalliance with players in the intelligence network that Mr. Wanjigi became an agent of various contractors looking for tenders in the security sector. Evidence in our possession indicates that his company, Tyl Limited, cut deals running into hundreds of millions of shillings. As a result, his name would occasionally pop up in Parliamentary documents pertaining to scandals — including the multibillion- shilling Anglo Leasing scam.
Jimmy Wanjigi was involved in the multimillion-shilling telecommunication business. On April 2003, the now-defunct Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) allowed Mr Wanjigi’s Kwacha Group to install and operate VSAT (very small aperture terminal) for data services such as the internet and e-mail. He later sued and won a case against a local newspaper, which suggested that the system he had installed was meant to bypass the Telkom system, allowing him to rake in millions of shillings.
Jimmy Wanjigi Government Involvement
Jimmy Wanjigi is the man who brought together Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto for them to form a government. By bringing together Mr. Ruto and Mr. Kenyatta, the billionaire was hoping that he would be allowed to continue with the project that he had mooted during the Grand Coalition government — the Sh320 billion standard gauge railway project, which was his brainchild. Mr. Wanjigi had cut a lucrative deal with Chinese companies that had lined up for the project and he was to get close to Sh32 billion from the 10 percent agency fee that he normally charges
via his Tyl Limited Company.
When he was locked out of Jubilee, despite bankrolling their campaign with close to Sh600 million, according to some Jubilee sources, Mr. Wanjigi decided to turn to Nasa for solace.
Jimmy Wanjigi House Raid
In October 2017 the Recce Squad broke into Jimmy Wanjigi Muthaiga home after a cache of weapons was found at his Malindi home. After he resurfaced a day after he addressed the press and accused the government of planning to execute him and persecuting his family.
Jimmy Wanjigi Death Announcement
On 7th February Daily Nation published a funeral announcement of James Wanjagi
The Nation Media Group apologized for the erroneous publication
”We regret the pain and anguish this may have caused Mr. Wanjigi and his family and sincerely apologize for this. Nation Media Group does not condone such publication, which clearly goes against our editorial policy. We have taken immediate action against those responsible for the placement of the announcement, including reporting the matter to the police for further investigations,” the apology read.
7 Things You Should Know about Jimmy Wanjigi
- 1962 born Wanjigi has lived a very quiet and mysterious life.
- Kenyans started hearing of him only after businessman Jacob Juma was shot dead, in 2016.
- In 2013, he supported the Jubilee coalition led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
- Mr. Wanjigi has been a key financier and strategist National Super Alliance (NASA) which he joined in 2017.
- He is known as James Bond by his friends and foes and has a carefully guarded and almost non-existent public profile.
- His father, Maina Wanjigi was a senior civil servant with impressive credentials.
- Mr. Wanjigi is one of the richest people in the country.
Jimmy Wanjigi Wife
His wife is Irene Nzisa, she is a businesswoman who runs an art gallery at Kwacha house, one of the establishments owned by the Wanjigi’s. She became a topic of discussion when the police raided their home in Muthaiga and when Wanjigi emerged to give a press statement she wrapped her hands around his waist.