Members of parliament allied to Tanga tanga group have commended the Judiciary for setting free Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi.
The legislators said the Judiciary has proven its independence and fearlessness while making the ruling against what they termed as trampled charges
Itumbi was set free by Magistrate Zainab Abdul after spending five days locked at the Muthaiga police station as detective’s investigated his links to a fake assassination letter against DP William Ruto.
Zainab dismissed an application by state to hold Itumbi for nine more days and released him on a cash bail of Sh100,000.
The leaders led by MPs Kimani Ichungwa(Kikuyu)Oscar Sudi(Kapseret)and Ndindi Nyoro(Kiharu) said Itumbi had been detained illegally since nobody recorded statement against him at the police station
Ichungwa said no instrument of power should be used to intimidate Kenyans or any leader for what they stand for
He said certain people were hell bent on breaking the rule of law pretending to be the successors to the throne
“We commend the Judiciary for not accepting to be used by State bureaucracy and mandarins to wage partisan political wars, the court has held its ground,” said Ichungwa
“No amount of coercion intimidation or threat by state mandarin will stop Kenyans realize their dreams,” he added
Nyoro said the Judiciary has shown high transparency level because those who arrested Itumbi had totally failed to show reasons why before the court
He said MPs allied to Tanga Tanga were being intimidated in order to stop their unwaivered support towards Deputy President William Ruto.
Sudi blamed certain influential people within Jubilee Party
and vowed to stand with Itumbi to the end,he commended the judiciary on the ruling.
The court directed Itumbi to report once a week to the investigating officer at Muthaiga police station in the next 14 days.
Itumbi will also be required to surrender his passport to the court to guarantee future appearance,the Magistrate also directed the police to return his phone within two weeks.
The matter will be mentioned on July 22 to confirm the progress made in ongoing investigations.
Abdul, said the investigating team has not shown the court the progress made so far after they were granted five more days to hold Itumbi when they presented him in court on July 4 following his arrest on July 3.
“The court has not been told how many statements have been recorded from 256 members of Tanga Tanga group who are spread across the Country,” the magistrate noted.
The prosecution had told the court Itumbi belonged to a 256-member WhatsApp group where the letter alluding to an assassination plot was shared adding that members of the chat room are under investigation.
The court observed that police admitted having taken some documents for digital analysis, which does not require his presence.
The magistrate further disagreed with the prosecutor that Itumbi, if released he will interfere with investigations given his influence and being an officer based at the Office of the President.
The Investigating team is yet to record statements from 256 members of the WhatsApp group Itumbi is said to be a member who include Cabinet Secretaries lawmakers and Governors.
The application for extension of Itumbi’s detention was opposed by his lawyers Katwa Kigen and Moses Chelenga on grounds that no statement has been recorded from the witnesses.
“The State has not demonstrated that if he his released he will interfere with investigations,” Chelanga said.