- Kimani Ichung'wa
Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi, who was reportedly abducted by unknown people on Thursday, December 23, was found by his family in the early morning hours of December 24.
In a statement by his brother, David Itumbi, the family stated that the digital strategist, who had been missing after the abduction took place in Thindigua along Kiambu Road, was found tortured and was being treated at a local hospital.
David went ahead to state that Itumbi claimed that he was abducted by police officers who beat him to a pulp.Dennis Itumbi being attended to at the Hospital on December 24, 2021.Kipchumba Murkomen
"My brother has been badly beaten. We thank God that he is alive. On his own account, he was arrested by police and beaten and tortured. Please pray for his recovery. Thank you for your many prayers and support," stated the brother.
In addition to his statement, David shared images of Itumbi while undergoing treatment at a local hospital. However, he did not disclose the hospital where the digital strategist had been admitted to.
Consequently, allies of Deputy President William Ruto also issued statements to confirm that Itumbi had been found after visiting him in the hospital. They alleged that the abductions were orchestrated by the state because of politics and close relationship with the DP who is seeking to ascend to power when the country goes to the polls on August 9, 2022.
"Glad to see our brother Itumbi alive. Sad to see him in such pain. Hopeful that he will bounce back stronger. Appalled that police officers who should be protecting him harmed him. May his tormentors who are enjoying power never know peace. Politics shouldn’t be done this way," Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, stated.
The police are yet to issue a statement regarding the incident and claims that have been made by the digital strategist.
While addressing the media on Thursday, December 23, the family reported that Itumbi was whisked away in a white vehicle moments after visiting a barbershop at Thindigua shopping centre in Kiambu County. The family further stated that Itumbi was not in police custody after they searched for him at various police stations including Parklands police station.
At the time, the family accused the state of orchestrating the abduction further urging the police to help them locate him even as they stated he was under medication.
"We are very concerned as the family. I was with Dennis last night and he was taking medication and we feel that whoever is holding him, we are suspecting some foul play. The government should allow us to give him his drugs. We urge the government to tell us where he is," David stated.
This was echoed by Itumbi's lawyer, Moses Chelanga, who stated that they were trying to reach him through his phone but they all went unanswered.
"His phone is going through and it is unfortunate that the government is not telling us where he is yet they have the tools to locate him. We believe Dennis's disappearance is being enforced by the State," the lawyer stated.Senator Samson Cherargei with David Itumbi at Parklands Police station on Thursday, December 23, 2021.Kenyans.co.kedrug armed abduction arrest suspect armed
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