Sick Itumbi skips court in Ruto fake assassination letter trial
Deputy President William Ruto’s Digital Communication strategist, Dennis Itumbi (pictured) skipped court on Monday in a hearing where he is accused of crafting a fake letter that alleged that there was a plan to assassinate Ruto.
Through lawyer Mary Waweru holding brief for Itumbi’s lawyer, Kagwe Kigen, the blogger told the court he is unwell.
Itumbi and his co-accused Samwel Gateri Wanjiru were in September 2021 found to have a case to answer in the fake Deputy President assassination letter.
Milimani Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku had ruled that the two will have to defend themselves against the charges after the prosecution closed its case.
Appearing before Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi, the court notified the accused that the matter will be concluded by the trial Magistrate Martha Mutuku who was transferred to Mombasa.
The two, who have been linked to the alleged assassination letter involving Ruto are charged with publishing a false document contrary to the law.
It later emerged that the letter had been drafted at a cyber cafe in Lang’ata area, Nairobi, after police sought services of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
The letter claimed that there had been an alleged meeting at Hotel La Mada on Thika Road with the DP as the main agenda.
According to the charge sheet, the two, on or before June 20, 2019, published a letter dated May 30, 2019, with intent to cause anxiety to the general public.
The matter will be mentioned on February 17, 2022.