Dennis Itumbi’s name missing again as Ruto expands his communication team

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President William Ruto has expanded his communication department by eliminating the Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) and replacing it with the Presidential Communication Service.

In an Executive Order issued on Monday, the president created five new departments under the new Presidential Communication Service.

Under the new structure, the former Senior Director of Public Communication at State House, Munyori Buku, has been appointed the Public Communications Secretary.

David Nzioka, who served as the Directorate of Communication, Events, and Branding in PSCU was appointed Digital and Innovations Secretary. He is among the people who were fired from State House in 2020 after Ruto fell out with his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Eric Ngeno, who previously worked as Uhuru’s speech writer, was appointed the Messaging Secretary and Speechwriter while James Kinyua will head the Branding and Events department as the secretary.

Meanwhile, Wanjohi Githae, a veteran journalist, has been appointed the Public Communications Director.

Conspicuously missing from the new appointments is Dennis Itumbi who was among the men who were instrumental in Ruto’s campaign, leading to his win in the 2022 General Election.

Since taking oath of office on September 13, the Head of State has made key appointments in his administration, which has seen people in his inner circle take government positions. Itumbi’s name is yet to appear in any of these appointments.

While speaking to Citizen Digital three weeks ago, the campaign strategist said he is playing an integral role in Ruto’s administration.

“I have a very important role which is, come here, go there. That is a very critical role in the government,” he said.

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