Dennis Itumbi and witness Samuel Gateri have been charged afresh over Deputy President William Ruto’s “fake” assassination letter.

The two before chief magistrate Martha Mutuku on Tuesday after the prosecution consolidated their cases. They are charged with publishing a false statement contrary to the law.

On or before June 20, Itumbi and Gateri allegedly published a letter dated May 30, 2019, with intent to cause anxiety to the general public peace.

They pleaded not guilty to charges of publishing a false statement.

Chief Magistrate Martha Mutuku ruled that the suspects’ earlier cash bail terms remain.

The matter will be heard on November 18.

The former State House Director of digital and his co-accused are out on Sh 100,000 cash bail.

Gateri had earlier claimed to be a witness against Itumbi but the Directorate of Criminal Investigations dismissed the claims saying he was under investigations

“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.