Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi recently shared gripping details of a phone conversation he allegedly had with former President Uhuru Kenyatta. This conversation occurred between 2018 and 2019, during which Kenyatta reportedly conveyed a solid threat to “crush and finish” Itumbi for supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s State House bid.
Itumbi recounted receiving the call from Kenyatta en route to Nairobi after attending a funeral in Mwea. He emphasized the natural urge to park the car and converse when the President calls. At first, Itumbi expressed his support for Kenyatta and his Big 4 Agenda. However, Kenyatta’s concern was primarily Itumbi’s backing of Ruto over him, which left Itumbi bewildered.
The call took a strange turn when Kenyatta instructed Itumbi not to disconnect and placed him on hold. Itumbi decided to continue driving with the phone on speaker. During this time, Kenyatta allegedly threatened to “crush and finish” him if he persisted in supporting Ruto.
Itumbi also mentioned briefly reconsidering his decision not to accept a State-issued bodyguard in the aftermath of this conversation. Afterward, he sought clarity from Ruto about the supposed rift between Ruto and Kenyatta, but Ruto denied any such division.
Itumbi reflected on the broader context, suggesting that the issue might have stemmed from Kenyatta’s strained relationships with other associates. He highlighted instances where prominent figures like DP Rigathi Gachagua and Kimani Ichung’wah had experienced communication breakdowns with Kenyatta.
Although Itumbi admitted he’s no longer in contact with Kenyatta, he was willing to answer the call if Kenyatta were to reach out. However, he stressed that he was not “desperate” for such contact and expressed his independence from Kenyatta. He concluded that Kenyatta’s legacy could have been different if he had avoided conflicts with those around him. Itumbi’s account offers a revealing glimpse into the intricacies of Kenyan politics during that period, leaving many questions unanswered.