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DCI To Quiz Itumbi Over His Alleged Kidnapping

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Detectives plan to interview controversial blogger and Deputy President William Ruto’s digital strategist Dennis Itumbi over his what he calls his kidnap and torture.

A team pursuing the case said they are waiting for Itumbi to recover in hospital and be able to talk before seeking his statement.

The team will also talk to witnesses who saw the drama unfold outside a barber shop in Thindigwa area, Kiambu county, on  Christmas eve.

These interviews will give them a clear picture of what exactly transpired.

The team is yet to visit the scene of the incident. 

They said their efforts to trace a car said to have been used in the abduction were unsuccessful.

Authorities say the details of the vehicle given by witnesses do not match  those in official records.

“It will be important to hear from him (Itumbi), not his friends or politicians. We will wait for that moment because much will come out in the direction of the probe and motive,” a senior officer aware of the probe said

Itumbi has been a thorn in the flesh of top government officials, some of whom he has branded land thieves. He has been calling a top police cop “a puppet” and tags his targets them on social media. 

Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said they are investigating to establish motive and those behind the incident. 

“We appeal to members of the public to be patient during the investigations and should therefore desist from speculation,” Shioso. said.

“We further appeal to members of the public who may have information regarding the incident to volunteer and report to any police station or through our hotline number 999,112 or 0800 722203,” he said.

Itumbi is still in hospital after he was found with injuries after a dramatic abduction. Those who visited him Saturday said he is talking, in jovial spirits and out of danger.

Itumbi was abducted on Thursday and beaten up before being abandoned on the roadside naked in Lucky Summer area, Kasarani. He had injurIes on most of his body and was found by a taxi driver.

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He was taken to hospital Friday morning.

The motive has not been established. 

His mobile phone was missing.

His brother David said Itumbi said the people who abducted and beat him up claimed to be police officers.

Police have denied knowledge of the claims. His abductors apparently changed to different cars as they drove around with him.

The triangulation of Itumbi’s mobile phone signal tracked it to Kigwa in Ridgeways, but he was not found there.

At 11.22pm, Itumbi’s brother David received a call from a number belonging to a MR Makokha, the taxi driver who had found Itumbi limping near Kasarani stadium.

“Itumbi was severely injured and in great pain, having been tortured at length as his abductors drove him around the city. He was eventually thrown out of the car into a thicket and left for dead,” his brother said.

“He managed to crawl to the nearest road, where he sought help from boda boda riders and this is where Mr Makoha recognised him and offered to help,” a group of MPs said.

Makokha found warm clothes for him and took him to hospital.

The MPs added Itumbi suffered extensive torture, including repeated battery of his limbs with a hammer, and sustained soft tissue injuries as well as fractures.

They said itumbi confirmed his abductors took turns beating him.

The abductors handcuffed him from behind and tied his legs with a rope.

The vocal blogger has not shied away from assailing senior government officials on several occasions.

The incident has elicited speculation on social media amid blame games.


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