Dennis Itumbi: How my friendship with Uhuru started

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Dennis Itumbi: How my friendship with Uhuru started

Dennis Itumbi, no stranger to controversy, has left his mark on several Kenyan elections.

He’s not just any Kenyan; he’s a political strategy consultant and a digital journalism whiz.

Itumbi is the Election Consultant who rocked the 2013 and 2017 Kenyan general elections, orchestrating the campaigns of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy William Ruto.

Dennis the dynamite

He’s still in the game, masterminding President Ruto’s administration.

Serving as the president’s Digital Strategist and creative advisor.

But before all that, Dennis had humble beginnings.

He grew up in a village, attended village schools, and took his first big step into the city when he joined the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication in South C.

Dennis Itumbi and Uhuru Kenyatta

Ultimate defender

When Dennis was Team Kenyatta, he was the ultimate defender of State House.

Armed with his trusty keyboard, he was always ready to take on anyone who dared oppose the government.

From crafting digital strategies that worked like magic for both Kenyatta and now Ruto, Dennis has rightfully earned the title of a President-Maker.

Friendship with Uhuru Kenyatta

In the year 2010, when Facebook was just beginning to spread its wings, Dennis was a curious soul eager to dive into this new phenomenon.

Little did he know that it would set him apart in the years to come.

Starting his journey as a journalist, Dennis worked for various local media houses, including People Daily, Standard Media Group, and even Royal Media Services.

He ventured into his own business, took a break, and then, out of the blue, came Uhuru Kenyatta’s call.

In 2012, Kenyatta reached out to Itumbi to join his team as a digital strategist.

The phone call

Itumbi’s initial skepticism faded when a persistent caller turned out to be none other than Uhuru himself.

They met, talked, and became part of the campaign dream team.

He eventually led to Kenyatta and Ruto taking the reins from Mwai Kibaki in 2013.

Itumbi’s dedication earned him the role of Head of Digital and Diaspora Affairs at State House.

This was during Uhuru’s first five years in office.

He fiercely defended the president on social media, gaining the admiration of not only Uhuru but also his deputy, William Ruto.

In the world of Kenyan politics, Dennis Itumbi is a force to be reckoned with.