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Dennis Itumbi has been charged with publishing a false statement and making a false document without authority. The State House Director of Digital and Media appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot on Monday where he also faced charges of reprogramming a mobile phone.
He denied the charges with the prosecution not opposing his release on bail. The prosecution however asked the court to grant him stringent bond terms and that he be barred from publishing anything related to case on social media.
A Samsung Note 9 which was the phone allegedly reprogrammed is set to be kept as an exhibit. Itumbi’s lawyer, Katwa Kigen, termed the charges “ridiculous” as he expressed the need for the defence to carry out its own forensics on the said 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.
Itumbi was released on Sh100,000 bail on July 10. Magistrate Zainab Abdul had declined to honour the prosecution’s request that he be detained for an additional nine days.
Itumbi was required to report at Muthaiga police station every two days before the mention of the case today. The court also told the police to release his power bank with his phone being released in 14 days.
On June 24, he was arrested over allegations he was behind the letter which implicated at least four Cabinet secretaries including James Macharia (Transport), Joseph Mucheru (ICT), Sicily Kariuki (Health) and Peter Munya (Trade). At the time of his grilling, a daring Itumbi even told the court he was in possession of a video showing a section of leaders attending the meeting to plot how to assassinate Ruto.
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