Alai Out, Itumbi In , the man behind DP Ruto’s men arrests

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Alai the right hand man to Ruto was recently arrested.

Mr Alai, who appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, was told the charges are serious since they carry a life sentence penalty upon conviction.

The blogger was charged alone as his co-accused, the prison warder Safari Robert, was released.

He was charged with intent to help Al-Shabaab terrorists on June 17 by publishing photos of police officers killed in an explosion in Wajir County.

The state also charged the blogger with prejudicing investigations by publishing information about slain officers on his Twitter account.

Just today, one Dennis Itumbi who handles the Digital communications of Deputy president.Itumbi was arrested today at City Hall, Nairobi by investigators probing the alleged plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto that has pushed political temperatures to a new high.Itumbi now works at the office of Deputy President as the secretary for digital communications.He is currently being questioned at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu Road.

The arresting officers arrived in unmarked cars. [Courtesy]

His arrest comes days after officers aware of the probe said the source of the fake letter that sparked the assassination claims had been identified.The letter purported to expose plans by Mt Kenya leaders to eliminate Deputy President William Ruto.

Three Cabinet Secretaries were summoned to the DCI headquarters on June 24, 2019, over the ‘murder plot’.The investigating officers at the weekend said the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) had given the Directorate of Criminal Investigations preliminary findings on the source of the letter and those who uploaded it on social media platforms including Twitter.The officer said two individuals had been identified as the most probable suspects who either authored the fake letter or uploaded it on social media.

When a local daily reported that the two worked at DP Ruto’s communication office, Itumbi faulted it for not verifying the claim objectively.“Journalism is at its lowest form, when @dailynation pens a story and reproduces allegation after allegation – but does not bother to call or text any of the communication officers in the Presidency they claim are being sought by @DCI_Kenya and are in hiding. Objective verification,” he posted on Twitter.

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