Death advert affected my family, says Wanjigi

Kinyuru Munuhe @KinyuruMunuhe

Controversial city tycoon Jimi Wanjigi yesterday broke his silence over the death announcement published in the Daily Nation’s Wednesday edition and described it as a death wish.

He said the publication did not hurt him as such but has affected his family a great deal. “I don’t take it lightly and I must say what they did was horrific…it did not hurt me as much as it hurt my family,” Wanjigi said. He also challenged the company to give him details of the person who booked the advert to conduct investigations to know the motive and those behind it.

“This was a death promise to me. I don’t think police can investigate it because out of the more than 200 killed in the 2017 election period, none of the cases has been solved,” he said. He said he has the capacity to investigate the incident.

“Acting chief executive came to see me and apologise and I told them to tell me who the individual was,” he said. The advertisement was published on page 49 of Wednesday’s edition of the paper and bore personal details of Wanjigi including his picture and his family details.

It carried the death and funeral announcement of one James Richard Wanjagi, whom the advertiser said died on January 30 “after a failed armed robbery in Nairobi’s Karen estate”, and was buried on Tuesday February 6, 2018. The company has invited the police to investigate how the notice was placed.

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