Controversial blogger and self-appointed spokesman of the Hustler Nation Dennis Itumbi had a difficult time in court when he appeared for the case in which he has sued Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
Itumbi was cornered when he appeared before Milimani Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate on Tuesday, November 24, seeking to be allowed to prosecute the case in which he has sued Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i over the Ruaraka land saga.
Itumbi appeared to struggle in convincng the Magistrate that the move to sue Matiang’i was based on evidence, backed by witnesses and deep vconviction that the CS had broken the law.
He was however interrupted by the straight-speaking magistrate who wanted to whether or not his submissions were backed by sufficient evidence before the court could proceed.
Chief Magistrate Ogoti, in particular, brough it to the attention of the former State House operative who was unceremoniously kicked out that the matter before the court was a legal issue that must meet necessary the legal threshold proven by witness statements and not heresay or propaganda.
“Mr Itumbi, I don’t want to confuse you so much. This is a legal issue. You want the respondent be charged for an offence. And in proving offences, you need witness’ statements.
“Just to assist you again, in case it reaches a place of serving summons, you got to demonstrate to this court you have sufficient evidence. We are dealing with legal threshold, hakuna mambo ya facts hapa. Legal threshold,” said the judge as Itumbi fumbled on.
Itumbi stood his ground, adding that he had sufficient documents and evidence to prosecute his case.
“Your honour, I obtained documents from public offices subject to Article 35 of the Constitution on access to information,” said Itumbi.
He later on admitted that he “used my skills as an investigative journalist to gather evidence but the judge stated that it had to be certified.
“The Anti- Corruption Court has schooled me on the law crash course. Lawyers for Matiang’i, DPP and EACC were in court. On my first day in court, I scored 42% in my view. We learn. We will ensure we get answers, there will be some barricades, but we have the stamina.”