Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua says there was a plot by former President Kenyatta’s administration to assassinate blogger Dennis Itumbi over his support for President Ruto.
The deputy president claimed Itumbi’s execution had been sanctioned by powerful forces in the previous regime, but the plot failed due to social media pressure.
“There was a meticulous plot in place to execute this young man. His kidnappers treated him inhumanely as they planned his execution, but because there is God, people raised alarm through social media, forcing his tormentors to abandon the plot,” Gachagua said during a church service in Kirinyaga on Sunday.
Itumbi, who worked at State House during the first term of Kenyatta’s regime but shifted allegiance to Ruto, was abducted by unknown people outside a barbershop along Kiambu road in December 2021. He was later found dumped with serious injuries and was taken to hospital by a good Samaritan.
Gachagua said it would take time for him and others to forgive the perpetrators for the “crimes” meted on them by Uhuru’s administration.
“Bishop you have asked us to forgive, but some things are hard to shake off. Our hearts are still heavy,” the deputy president added.
In an interview last month, Itumbi said he fell out with Kenyatta after he asked him to stop supporting Ruto.
“The fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta happened because he wanted me to stop supporting William Ruto. I told him that I would not do that. I believe in this cause and in this journey and that is what I was going to do,” Itumbi said.