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Itumbi could face ‘treason’ charges

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Police are considering charging beleaguered blogger Dennis Itumbi with treason as investigations into an alleged ‘assassination plot’ against Deputy President William Ruto entered a crucial stage.

Sources at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), who spoke in confidence, told the Sunday Nation that Mr Itumbi could be charged with the offence when he returns to court to formally take plea on Wednesday.

“Generation and circulation of a fake letter containing such contents is highly treasonable, we are considering possible charges and you cannot rule out that,” said the detective who sought anonymity because only DCI boss George Kinoto is allowed to comment on the investigation.

Mr Kinoti did not respond to our enquiries.

On Saturday, security at the Muthaiga Police Station was intensified with officers only allowing limited access to Mr Itumbi.

Some of those who wanted to see the controversial State communications official were denied access.

Mr Itumbi’s lawyer Moses Chelang’a was among those who were denied access on Friday evening with police telling him that he could not see his client after 6pm. He was, however, allowed to see Mr Itumbi Saturday.

“On Friday, the police said that we had arrived late. We were, however, able to see him on Saturday,” he said.

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Mr Itumbi’s mother is also said to have been made to wait for two hours before being allowed to see him. She is said to have arrived at the station at 3pm but it was not until 5pm that she was allowed audience with her son.

Mr Itumbi’s lead lawyer Katwa Kigen also protested that his client was yet to be interrogated since he was locked up at the station on Thursday for five days.

“Nobody has talked to him, he has not even recorded any statement all this time,” said Mr Kigen.

The enhanced security at the station followed events of Wednesday night when Mr Itumbi’s visitors were allowed unlimited access to him late into the night, with the last group said to have left minutes before midnight.

Pictures of Mr Itumbi and his friends; including television journalist Jacque Maribe chatting and laughing in a room within the police station on Wednesday night were widely shared on social media.

And on Thursday, the station’s OCS Alphonse Kemengua was interdicted as the National Police Service worked to streamline operations at the police station.

Outside, allies of Dr Ruto at whose Harambee Annex office Mr Itumbi was operating from, intensified calls for his release unconditionally, maintaining that he was innocent.

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Speaking in Kuria West, Migori County in the presence of Mr Ruto, his hosts, Kuria East MP Marwa Kitayama and his Kuria West counterpart Mathias Robi asked the government to stop “intimidating” Mr Itumbi, who is accused of authoring a “fake” letter alleging a plot to assassinate the DP.

“Why are the detectives not going for the real planners?” said Mr Robi.

But addressing mourners in Meru County, Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya told off Mr Ruto’s allies who he accused of politicising investigations into the alleged “assassination” plot.

Mr Munya said he has never participated in a meeting to plan the assassination of any Kenyan.

Speaking during the burial of Mr Johnson Killingo, a neighbour, at Ntamichu in Tigania East, the CS said politicians should allow institutions to do their work adding that the accused deserve justice.

“You cannot give a court ultimatums. The court follows procedures. It is against the law for politicians to give the magistrate ultimatums. Those doing that are not fit to be leaders. The courts should be given time to do their work,” Mr Munya added.

He termed the alleged plot “non-existent” adding that investigations will vindicate him.

“The meetings we have held as government officers are focused on development,” he said.

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MPs and Senators close to Mr Ruto accused Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho of being behind Mr Itumbi’s tribulations to cover up the assassination plot allegedly discussed during the La Mada meeting which he is said to have chaired.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has previously demanded thorough investigations into the alleged plot to eliminate the DP, saying Mr Itumbi’s incarceration was intended to cover up the matter.

The Sunday Nation has learnt that the arrest of the blogger has shaken Dr Ruto’s camp especially of the growing perception that the letter alleging the assassination plot was authored for political gain rather than on a real threat to the DP’s life.

Publicly, the pro-Ruto team, known as Tangatanga, has put out a brave face insisting that the arrest of the blogger was a diversionary tactic and insisted that the question on the agenda of the La Mada meeting should be settled.

Two top Jubilee politicians admit that the letter was part of Team Tangatanga strategy to call out Mr Kibicho over the offensive remarks he is alleged to have made about the DP during the meeting.

Source:Sunday Nation

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VIDEO- Family of boy ran over by Ruto convoy say DP ‘did not honour his word’

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Sidney Mambala’s life was tragically cut short when he was knocked down by a car in DP William Ruto convoy in Budalang’i, Busia.

One month later, the parents say that calls to the Deputy President’s office go unanswered and he has failed to honour his promise.

“Hajawahi receive simu. Napiga simu hazishikwi. Mimi nasikia uchungu sana kumpoteza mtoto wa kwanza,” the father, Felix Mambala said.

Mr. Malamba says he was promised a job while his wife Elizabeth Akinyi financial assistance for her salon business and a house.

They live in a mud hut in Mulwanda village.

The DP’s office confirmed that no assistance has been accorded to the family since Sidney’s death as the matter is still pending in court.

The family however insists that some compensation for Sidney’s death would give them reprieve.

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“DP afanye vile aliahidi. Kama hangekuja budalangi (Sidney) hangekufa,” he added.

“Huyo mtoto angekuwa mtu mkubwa akuje atusaidie budalangi mzima,” Godfrey Okesa, a neighbour, told Citizen TV.

In June after the accident, EDAILY revealed that DP Ruto had spoken to Mr. Malamba, condoled with him and pledged his support.

“The DP called the area OCPD, and asked him to pass the phone to me. DP Ruto told me to take heart, promising to look into my family’s welfare. He also promised to foot all the funeral expenses,” Mr Mambala told EDAILY.

Emmanuel Talam, DP William Ruto’s Deputy Director of Communications, later delivered a condolence message from his boss and again pledged support.

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“Sidney did not deserve to die, he has directed that there will be investigations and most importantly he will stand with the family,” Talam said.

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Kenyan man deported from the US on arrival at the airport, seeks help to reunite with his Patients

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An online petition to help a Doctor of Kenyan descent who was deported from the United States two weeks ago has been launched.

According to the petition seen by ksnmedia.com,  Dr. Alexander Ondari  was returning to the US to complete his last year as a resident physician at the University of Texas Medical Branch on July 6th, when he was denied entry.

He is now seeking the intervention of the US Embassy in Nairobi. Below is the Petition as prepared by one Georgia Colleluori:

 

On July the 6th, Dr. Alexander Ondari was returning to USA to complete his last year as a resident physician at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. However, he was barred from entering, as the immigration officer at the airport (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport) did not honor the valid J1 Visa that he had. Unfortunately, he was deported back to Kenya where he is right now. Currently, all depends on the USA Embassy in Kenya to grant him a new J1 Visa. 

Dr Ondari’s constant efforts as a physician, together with his charitable character, is critical to the well-being of the communities he lives and serves in. Dr Ondari’s objective is to bring value to the US, an aim that has been already accomplished during the last 17 years as a non-immigrant visa holder. It’s is thus a honor to support his efforts to obtain a J1 visa so that he can serve his patients and continue to improve the health of America.

You can sign the Petition by clicking here – change.org/p/us-embassy-in-nairobi

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WATCH LIVE: Francis Muchene’s Memorial Service in Atlanta as burial set for Sat July 27

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Send off plans for Baba Chege (Francis Muchene Chege) are in full gear.
The memorial service is tomorrow Saturday July 20th at 4pm at KACC
771 Elberta Dr,
Marietta, GA. 30066.
The final sendoff is Saturday July 27 at Kennesaw Memorial Park (Atlanta’s Lang’ata) Mariettta , Georgia.

We covet all your prayers.
Asanteni for all the support shown during this difficult time. I am standing on the promises of God. “He shall neither leave us nor forsake us.”
It is well with our souls.

Mr Muchene, who passed away on Monday July 8th after a short illness, was the husband to Christine Muchene (Madam President), Father to Joseph Chege, Dr. Paul Kiarie, Evans Ngamau and Monica Okall.
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For those asking where to send their donations, please see below:
CashApp # – 678-255-7904
Bank Account – Wells Fargo
A/C # 8716838357
Bank Address – 4309 Claires Brook Lane
Acworth Ga. 30101
Account Name – Francis Muchene Chege Memorial Fund

For more information, please contact:
Elder Kanyari Muthoga – 404-353-6317
Njeri Mungai – 404-435-6534
Pastor Karumba Kiroko – 678-656-8446

 

 

 

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