Itumbi arrest ‘ploy to divert Kenyans from La Mada meeting’, Western MPs claim
Published on: July 05, 2019 06:12 (EAT)
A section of Western Kenya MPs allied to DP William Ruto have asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to stop arbitrary arrests such as that of Dennis Itumbi. According to them, such moves divert the attention of Kenyans from the ‘real issue’ yet there is need to dig deeper into the alleged assassination plot. “Instead of DCI investigating individuals who talked ill of the Deputy President, they are now focusing their attention on the letter,” MP Didmus Barasa said. Mr Barasa said detectives should stop concentrating on the letter purporting that some Cabinet Secretaries were planning to assassinate the Deputy President. According to him, they should instead focus on individuals who uttered words that appeared to be a plot against the DP. He and his counterparts further insisted that arresting Dennis Itumbi, a Digital Director for the presidency, is a ploy to cover up part of the agenda of the meeting held at the Hotel La Mada. His Sirisia counterpart John Waluke echoed similar sentiments saying God and Kenyans would protect the Deputy President from any assassination attempt. “We want to tell DCI that even if they arrest all the allies of the Deputy President, they will not succeed in stopping the presidency of Dr Ruto. Those planning to assassinate the Deputy President should know that God is watching them and that they will not be in office forever,” he said. On his part, MP Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula) said police must reveal to Kenyans what was uttered in the meeting instead of frustrating allies of the Deputy President. “Government officers who serve Kenyans selectively do not deserve any public office. Those demonizing the Deputy President should think twice,” he said. They were peaking at Sirisia and Teso South Constituencies in Bungoma and Busia Counties during a tour to inspect development projects with the Deputy President on Friday. Geoffrey Omuse (Teso South), Janet Nangabo (Women Rep, Trans Nzoia), and James Mukwe (Kabuchai) also expressed outrage over the alleged assassination letter saga and said it would not stop them from supporting the DP in his quest for the top seat. The legislators demanded further investigations to establish the agenda of the meeting at the La Mada Hotel. The Deputy President however refrained from the subject instead urging Kenyans to desist from tribal politics and embrace unity for development.