“Witness” in Itumbi Forgery Case Accuses DCI of Harassment

September 3, 2019
Itumbi with his lawyer Moses Chelanga at Milimani law court

A man in the forgery case against Dennis Itumbi has asked to be withdrawn from the matter citing harassment and threats to his life.

Mr Samwel Gateri ,26, told the court that the DCI has been forcing him to make a confession, admitting that he personally knows Itumbi and Deputy President William Ruto.

In an application filed under urgency, the complainant states that he was arrested on July 2 by the DCI and the officers forcibly seized his cellphones, national identity and other personal items.

“The officers thereafter told me that I was under arrest and that they would go ahead and execute me if I did not confirm that I had a telephone conversation with his excellency the deputy president and that Dennis Itumbi was my link with the DP,” Gateri said in the application.

The man added that the officers threatened they would forward him to a high ranking security personnel in government so that he could be dealt with.

He said that he knows Dennis Itumbi from public sources and not personally.

Gateri wants his confiscated items returned unconditionally since he is unable to carry out any transactions without his national identity card.

“I am currently under intense pressure since the officers threatened me and I have even faced an attempted kidnapping, therefore, my life is in danger,” he noted.

The case had come up for pre-trial conference before Itumbi’s lawyer made the application. The prosecution team requested for more time to respond the application.

Chief magistrate Martha Mutuku directed the matter to be mentioned today, Tuesday 3, without the appearance of the accused person.

The DCI has since refuted Gateri’s claims that he is a suspect in the matter.“We wish to clarify that contrary to insinuation by one Samwel Gateri that he’s a state witness in respect to criminal case against one Denis Itumbi is false and misleading. The true facts are that he is a suspect under investigations. At no time was he envisaged to be a state witness,” said the DCI.

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