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Itumbi charged over DP Ruto fake assassination letter

Dennis Itumbi in court on July 22, 2019. He was charged over the alleged fake letter which claimed there was a plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto/COURTESY

By Mkarimu Media

Former State House Digital Drector Dennis Itumbi has been charged with making a false document without authority and publishing a false statement that links the alleged DP Ruto’s assassination claims.

He appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot on Monday and was also charged with reprogramming a mobile phone.

The charge sheet reads that on June 20, 2019, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya, Dennis Njue Itumbi made a document with a letter dated May 30, 2019, purporting to be a genuine document made by a cabinet secretary, a fact he knew to be false.

In the second count, Itumbi, who now works for the Deputy President William Ruto in the communication department has been charged with programming mobile phone contrary to the section 84G of the Kenya Information and Communications Act.

The charge sheet further reads: “On the 30th day of June 2019, at an unknown place within the Republic of Kenya intentionally not being a manufacturer of a mobile phone, you interfered with the operation of mobile phone Make Samsung Note 9 Dark grey dual SIM IMEI 352455/10/030/824/6, 352456/10/03824/4.”

He was alleged to have shared the letter in the WhatsApp group.

The letter purported that three cabinet secretaries from Mt Kenya region namely Peter Munya (Trade), Joe Mucheru (ICT), Sicily Kariuki (Health) and James Macharia (Transport) had met at La Mada Hotel along Thika Road to discuss DP’s assassination plans.

After appearing at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road, Trade CS Peter Munya said that they could not record any statement because there was no formal complaint from the DP himself penned at the headquarters.

DP did not however record any statement

Itumbi was released on Sh100,000 bail on July 10.

The prosecution did not oppose his release on bail, but asked for stringent bond terms.

Itumbi’s lawyer Katwa Kigen said they also need to carry out their own independent forensics on the phone.

Cheruiyot ordered Itumbi’s release on the strength of the bail he had deposited in the miscellaneous application.

The court also declined to bar Itumbi from posting anything on social media.

Magistrate Zainab Abdul had declined to honour the prosecution’s request that he be detained for an additional nine days.

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