Embarrassment as Dennis Itumbi is kicked out of dais by President Uhuru security
Dennis Itumbi on Wednesday suffered an embarrassing moment as he was kicked out of the main dais at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce report.
Itumbi, in a video posted by the Daily Nation, is seen shaking hands with and speaking to another man out of the view of cameras behind the seats occupied by President Uhuru Kenyatta, DP William Ruto, Raila Odinga, BBI task force Chairman Yusuf Haji and Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Palamagamba Kabudi.
A security official in a grey suit then approaches Itumbi and attempts to evict him from the stage but the controversial blogger seemingly resists and walks away from view and the official follows him.
About 20 seconds later, the two again re-emerge, with the security official this time seen forcefully pushing Itumbi out of the main dias.
The two then retreat towards the opposite end of the podium where they are seen presumably engaging in a heated exchange of words as another party, a lady, looks on.
The incident has sparked mixed reactions from Kenyans online with a section of them lauding the move while others questioning why Itumbi – who identifies himself on Twitter as Secretary of Digital, Innovation, and Diaspora Communications at State House – would be ejected from an event hosted by the State.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga officially launched the much-anticipated BBI report.
The two leaders urged Kenyans to avoid divisive politics warning that it tears the country apart and affects the economy.
“Being ambitious is good, it is healthy but don’t let your ambitions overshadow our ability to fix those things that will help you achieve your ambitions,” said President Kenyatta.
The Head of State further addressed equal distribution of resources saying that every citizen deserves a share of the national cake.
Mr. Odinga on his part narrated how 10 years ago, another meeting at Bomas did not bear fruit despite delegates spending days on similar issues.
He also cited the period during the 2017 elections when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was to announce results but he and his team objected.
“You went to Kasarani, we went to Bomas. Our people wanted us to burn your portraits and start collecting taxes. I realised that was taking us to Somalia. It took us 19 hours. Wasn’t easy. We had called each other all sorts of names,” Odinga said.