It had earlier been suggested that Gateri was a prosecution witness in the case, however, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has refuted the reports terming him a suspect in the matter.
Further DCI has clarified that Samwel Gateri is a suspect under investigations and not a witness as earlier claimed. Dennis Itumbi is accused of authoring a letter detailing a plot to assassinate Deputy President William Ruto.
“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.
Gateri cited death threats and ill-treatment from DCI which made him, a state witness, put his life on the line and that of his family members by getting involved in the case.
Further Gateri told the court that DCI has been forcing him to make a confession admitting that he personally knows Itumbi and DP Ruto. Something he says is against his faith and infringes his rights.
Distancing himself from Gateri’s accusations, DCI has said that the insinuation by Gateri is ill-informed and misleading. In addition, DCI has denied ever recognizing Gateri as a witness in the criminal case against Blogger Dennis Itumbi.