The DPP has dropped Itumbi’s ‘fake’ Ruto assassination letter case due to a lack of evidence.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Noordin Haji, has withdrawn the case against ICT Chief Administrative Secretary Dennis Itumbi, who was accused of fabricating a letter suggesting a planned assassination of the then Deputy President William Ruto. The case was withdrawn because the DPP deemed it to be illegal and lacking sufficient evidence. Itumbi had requested the court to find him not guilty due to a lack of evidence, seeking acquittal on three charges: making false documents, publishing false documents, and tampering with a phone.
During the case, the state presented eight witnesses to support the charges against Itumbi and his co-accused. However, Itumbi’s defense argued that the forensic report, which was intended to prove the charges, did not demonstrate that the accused committed any of the alleged crimes. According to the charge sheet, the accused individuals allegedly published a letter dated May 30, 2019, with the intention of causing anxiety among the general public.
Ultimately, Milimani Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi ruled that the case was unconstitutional and acquitted Itumbi and his co-accused, Samuel Gateri, due to a lack of evidence and the unconstitutionality of the charges. The court decision was based on the fact that the penal code section under which they were charged had been declared unconstitutional by the High Court.
In summary, the DPP withdrew the case against Dennis Itumbi, who had been accused of fabricating a letter about a planned assassination of Deputy President William Ruto. The case was withdrawn due to its alleged illegality and lack of sufficient evidence. Itumbi and his co-accused were subsequently acquitted by the court.