On Wednesday June 29 the President dismissed his Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) in which famous blogger cum reformed propagandist Dennis Itumbi was a director.
Dennis Itumbi is not a new name to many as his command in social media circles earned him the State House job as the Digital and Diaspora Communication Manager.
Itumbi has been manning the government’s social networks for the last three years under the Jubilee government wings which he vigorously supported in 2013 campaigns.
Prior to his appointment, he was an avid social media user and would occasionally update his many controversial blogs, many times praising the then candidate Uhuru whom he supported.
The former blogger, who has probably made more enemies than friends, must now figure out his next move at the unfortunate turn of events.
The house on the hill is no longer his office; his usual chats with President Uhuru Kenyatta on the corridors are now a thing of the past at least for now.
A directive has been issued to security teams at State House barring the entry of the affected staff that includes head of public communications Munyori Buku, chief of messaging at the Presidency Eric Ng’eno, branding and events head James Kinyua, and the digital and diaspora communications manager Dennis Itumbi.
State House deputy Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita, who issued the directive on behalf of the president, said the orders affected all the directors of the unit save for the Head of the PSCU Unit Manoah Esipisu, who is now the sole official government spokesperson.
The directive is said to have been provoked by unstructured communication emanating from the unit, including publication of information purporting to come from the Presidency and failure to follow procedure when dealing with the media.