Itumbi survived because one of the marauding SSU fellows had a soft spot for him. He whispered to him “We will beat you senseless, but whatever you do, don’t allow yourself to die. Don’t die. Lie on your stomach and use your elbows to protect your organs. “
They then tied him up and beat him senseless. One fellow took pictures and told the other ones to turn his face so that they send evidence to the ‘boss’ to prove that it was him. That Itumbi and his HNIB was over.
We were in the same Signal group with Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan and his friend Sami Kidwai and they were active in contributing to our overall strategy. At 1.45 am, our head of comms called one of us and told him… ” kina Khan have been abducted. We believe they’re no more. Find a way to let the others be each others’ keepers. Don’t break the news yet, just ensure everyone is careful. Call each other, do not use predictable roads every day, and try as much as possible to stay off the main Safaricom network while at command. “…
The panic had started. We started hearing about others, especially from the strategic team being found dead under suspicious circumstances. Our counter-security agents started sharing with us data of vehicles that were pursuing us. Cleaning companies and security guard companies around our operations were dotted with agents whose mandate was surveillance.
Don’t Kill My Children – Ruto
When President Ruto lost his cool and told the President to do anything but spare his children, it was not an emotional rant. We had lost people. The media was commanded to be silent on it. The propaganda machinery run from statehouse by Ngunyi ensured social media ridiculed our security concerns. They even sponsored content to chide and laugh at Itumbi that he abducted himself. My own friends to date ask me ” kwani itumbi didn’t abduct himself?’ With a laugh. Meanwhile, we knew that someone’s son and father was on the verge of death. That we were back to Moi times. How it had been turned into casual jokes was a good play by the state. They would even casually joke about Ruto not making it to the ballot.
We would have meetings with Murage Wa Murimi and he would go visit Itumbi afterward, as he was recuperating.
This was our reality. We shared positive stories here of our campaigns but behind the scenes, we were fighting a powerful and invisible enemy. We knew that they had won the propaganda game, so we had to deploy a different kind of guerrilla tactic to overcome it. This is why many in Azimio’s leadership could not believe their loss. They had done everything possible.
When they raided DP Rigathi’s home. They undressed him in front of his kids. They humiliated him and a cop slapped him he was dragged out in his boxers.
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki will write a book on how they harassed him. When Agriculture CS Linturi made the same slur Raila made a month later, he was swarmed with DCI in his hotel room in Eldoret you may have thought he was a terrorist. Over 300 armed police raided Injinia Sudi with the intent to humiliate him, and it took his instincts and protection by the youth to escape that dragnet, MP Ngong Ng’eno was brutally arrested many times… They intended to break our spirits. Many politicians and inner circle supporters were slapped with either trumped-up corruption charges, reputation assassination, false police reports, inflated KRA demands, etc… They killed Kenei and immediately made it look like it was from Ruto’s office.
But they only made our resolve stronger. There are things we will forget, but for this… We shall avenge.
We will go for them. Four of them have been arrested today. More will.
Justice shall prevail. We are not a banana republic.