Itumbi wants ‘La Mada video’ played in court in Ruto ‘assassination’ saga

Thursday, January 21st, 2021 00:00 |
Former State House Digital Communications Director Dennis Itumbi.

Bernice Mbugua @BerniceMuhindi

Former State House Digital Communications Director Dennis Itumbi intends to play the ‘La Mada video’ in court to prove that a meeting that discussed the Deputy President William Ruto’s assassination happened.

Itumbi, through his lawyer Katwa Kigen, yesterday made an application for the court’s facilitation of a screen to play the said video and also show that the letter that he is accused of authoring was a forwarded letter.

“There has been this issue of whether the meeting actually took place and the video that the prosecution was availed with, which they had said they would investigate. 

We would want to use the same facilitation to play the video to prove whether or not the meeting took place,” Katwa Kigen told Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku yesterday.

Forwarded message

Kigen told the court that their case is that Itumbi merely forwarded what was in circulation despite the prosecution case that he authored the said letter.

Itumbi is charged with making a false document without authority and publishing a false statement. He is charged alongside Samuel Gateri.

The prosecution claims he uttered   the said letter dated May 30, 2019, purporting it to be a genuine document made by a cabinet secretary a fact he knew to be false.

According to the charge sheet, on June 20, 2019, at an unknown place, he published the said letter with intent to cause anxiety to the general public a fact he knew to be false.

He is also charged with re-programming a mobile phone.

The charge sheet say he intentionally interfered with the operation of mobile phone, a Samsung Note 9 while he was not its manufacturer.

A forensic expert who had testified in the case claimed that the letter by Itumbi which was posted in a Tanga Tanga group was not forwarded.

“We intend to avail the phone that was allegedly used   to forward the message or author the message.

We want to demonstrate that indeed you can forward a message and not necessarily show that it has been forwarded,” Kigen told the court.

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