Former State House operative Dennis Itumbi has recalled the first time he met President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking during a past interview, Itumbi revealed that he met the President in 2013 when he was about to launch his presidential bid.
At the time, Uhuru was looking for a team to help him launch a campaign for the presidency.
Itumbi added that he was called by the President three times but he hang up before finally receiving the call.
“I was called by a gentleman who introduced himself as Uhuru Kenyatta and I laughed and replied that I am the King of England and disconnected the call.
“The number called again and the president introduced himself again. I laughed it off and hang up again, it happened three times,” he recalled.
After receiving the call, he was instructed to drive to Intercontinental Hotel where he met the President inside a pick up parked nearby.
“The fourth time I decided to listen and he told me to meet him at the Intercontinental Hotel. I decided since I was coming from KICC let me try and see what this is. When I got to the hotel a man came and told me Uhuru was in a pickup parked nearby. I thought it was a prank until I saw him in the car,” he added.
Uhuru and Itumbi later drove to South B where they interacted with mechanics before leaving for Limuru where they met a mother who was struggling to raise his nine children.
Later that day, Uhuru told Itumbi about his intentions to run for office and gave him a week to think about it.
The blogger further revealed that he worked for former President Mwai Kibaki’s team in 2002 and had been promised jobs in the government but they were later denied the jobs.
“On the day Kibaki won, our contact person who was the retired president’s nephew Alex Muriithi, handed us appointment letters which claimed that we would be working in the head of the state’s communication team earning a KSh 70,000 monthly salary.
“When we went to State House with the letters, we were chased away by the security officers and our contact changed his phone number. We would only see him on TV,”
Itumbi worked for Uhuru in his first term and part of his second term until he was fired in March 2020.
The Public Service Commission announced that it had scrapped his position within PSCU due to redundancy.
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