UDA-leaning politicians have on Friday, December 24, 2021, held a presser at the Parliament Buildings, addressing the alleged abduction of Deputy President William Ruto’s Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi.
While condemning the heinous act, the Ruto-allied lawmakers fingered Interior CS Fred Matiang’i, Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai as the state functionaries that allegedly sanctioned Itumbi’s abduction.
Led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, the Ruto allies read a press statement alleging that Itumbi’s abduction was prompted by his social media posts against Matiang’i, Kibicho, George Kinoti and his clarion call to have IG Mutyambai’s son arrested after he was involved in a road accident that claimed the lives of two Boda Boda riders.
“Itumbi has confirmed that his abductors took turns to beat him while warning him that the torture was in revenge of his social media coverage of CS Matiang’i, PS Karanja Kibicho, the IG Hillary Mutyambai and DCI George Kinoti. They also questioned him on a post he made on the formation of a KRA team led by Sammy Muchemi ostensibly to harass business persons associated with DP Ruto.
“In particular, the abductors emphatically demanded that Itumbi stop discussing David Mwendwa, son of IG Mutyambai, who is under investigation following a road accident that claimed the lives of two Boda Boda riders,” Kihika read out from the statement.
The legislators also disclosed that the search for Itumbi was made easier by inside intelligence offered to them by officers of goodwill who were privy to information about the kidnapping.
The MPs also called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to weed out state officers whom they say are using state agencies to intimidate political opponents and to settle personal scores. The leaders asserted that Itumbi’s abduction and consequent torture had hallmarks of political intimidation written all over it.