Tanga tanga Blogger Summoned by DCI Over Ruto’s Controversial Photo

A village-based blogger from Kericho has been summoned by the DCI after posting an artistic picture of Deputy President William Ruto.

The blogger, allied to Tanga-tanga faction of the Jubilee government, announced on his social media that he had been summoned to explain why he posted the controversial picture.

This was after Mutai posted a picture portraying William Ruto as the 5th president of Kenya and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, a title only reserved for the current president.

Image may contain: 1 person, suit, possible text that says 'The The 5th 5th President of The Republic of Kenya His Exellency Hon William Samoel Kipchirchir Arap Ruto. And Commander in Chief Of The Armed Forces.'

The blogger, Dennis Kiptoo Mutai, however, promised to stay put and never present himself at the DCI offices. Instead, Mutai challenged the detectives to go and pick him from his home.

“I was summoned by DCI to Record statement tomorrow After posting This picture on Twitter. I have three things in My Mind: 1) I will Not appear in Any office of the DCI. I’m a Tax pay in This country. They have cars and Fuel. Let them pick Me Home. 2),” posted the blogger on Facebook

He insisted he had no apologies to make adding that just like any other Kenyan, he had a right to express his conscience in any form.

“I have No apologies to Anyone. I have a right to Express my Conscience in Any form. 3) president told the Nation During 2013- 2017 campaigns WSR is going to take over Afer Him. 2022 And beyond,” he added.

Dennis Kiptoo Mutai wanted for spreading tribal hate on social media surrenders to police
Dennis Kiptoo when he was arrested by police in Kericho on January 2019. Photo/File

His concerns were also echoed by a former Secretary of Innovation, Digital and Diaspora Communication in the Office of the President Dennis Itumbi.

Itumbi wondered if the DCI was implicitly telling Kenyans to stop Imagining or tweeting who they think, predict, dream or imagine will be the 5th President of Kenya.

“Instead of encouraging the growth of the Creative economy we are attempting a suppression. Make no mistake about it – he merely took a photo of what he considered a creative and imaginative expression in the streets of Kericho and tweeted it out. Judges have expressed themselves on this matter, several times,” posted Itumbi on Facebook.

This is not the first time the blogger is getting on the DCI radar. In 2019 January, Mutai was arrested in Kericho for posting an inciteful message on social media warning of political unrest in 2022 if Uhuru betrays Ruto.

Mutai had been on the list of those wanted by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over his controversial takes on Kenyan politics.

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