In an escalation of the tension surrounding investigations into the death of Daniel Muthiani alias Sniper, digital strategist Dennis Itumbi has threatened to sue Murega Baichu, the spouse of Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza.
Itumbi, through his lawyer Adrian Kamotho, wrote to Baichu demanding retraction of his sentiments alluding that the digital strategist held a meeting with one of the suspects in the case.
He referred to a press conference convened on Friday, January 19, where Governor Mwangaza and Baichu issued a statement regarding the investigations into Sniper’s murder.
According to Advocate Kamotho, Baichu made false remarks stating that Itumbi met a suspect named Vincent Murithi Kirimi “Supuu” on Thursday, January 18, who was at the time held at a police station.
But he maintained that his client never met the suspect as claimed and that the sentiments amounted to defamation.
“These false statements were intended to mean and actually meant that our client visited one Vincent Murithi Kirimi alias Supuu, a murder suspect in the case of Daniel Muthiani, alias ‘Sniper’ in the evening of 18th January 2024 at a police station where he was being held,” Kamotho wrote in his letter to Murega Baichu.
“The said words and statements above are patently false. Our client has never visited Supuu in any station whatsoever or in any other place,” he added.
Itumbi Demands Reparations for Damages
Consequently, Itumbi demanded retraction of the statement and a public apology from Baichu.
In addition, the digital strategist warned Governor Mwangaza’s husband to cease and desist from further defamation or publication of falsehoods about him.
He went on to ask Baichu to admit liability in writing and later seek an agreement on settlement of damages after issuing an apology.
Failure to meet the demands by Monday, January 22, according to Itumbi’s lawyer, would see him launch legal proceedings.
“We are under strict instructions to launch legal proceedings against you, as necessary to secure our client’s rights, without further reference and at your own peril as to costs and consequences,” Adrian Kamotho wrote in the letter addressed to Murega Baichu.
His letter came amid heightened tension in the investigations with some leaders pointing accusing fingers and some seeking to absolve themselves from any links.
Itumbi has been vocal about Sniper’s case and among public figures leading in the quest to serve justice for the slain blogger.
Sniper’s Case Gains Momentum
On Friday, January 19, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions arraigned two suspects namely Vincent Mureithi Kirimi Alias Supuu and Murangiri Kenneth Guantai Alias Tali in a Kiambu Court to answer to murder charges.
Several other suspects are waiting to be processed and later arraigned in court in connection to the gruesome act that claimed the life of blogger Daniel Muthiani.
But Governor Mwangaza questioned the directions detectives took in the investigations and called for impartiality and a detailed report on how the findings led the settlement of the arraigned suspects.