Detectives take over Jacob Juma murder case
Detectives on Sunday visited the scene of the murder of controversial businessman Jacob Juma as well as Karen Police Station for the second day as investigations into what has been labelled as a high-scale assassination continued.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives have taken over all the exhibits found in the car and at the scene, including the deceased’s clothes.
Among the papers found in the car were copies of documents regarding the Eurobond scandal that Mr Juma had furnished the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) with a few weeks ago.
Police said the businessman was a licensed firearm holder but only his firearm certificate was found in his pocket. Detectives did not however say whether the gun was stolen by the attackers or Mr Juma had left it elsewhere.
It was also not clear why he had the Eurobond documents when he was shot and killed on Thursday evening.
Police were also studying the bloodstains, especially the quantity and the pattern of the blood on the co-driver’s seat.
It was also not immediately established if the officers who arrived at the scene first, shortly before 10pm, tampered with the car or whether the deceased, who was found belted in the driver’s seat, had attempted to move.
The statements of the officers will be taken to help to reconstruct the scene, which had been disturbed when the team from the DCI headquarters took over.
Among those who visited the scene on Sunday were Karen OCPD Eshiphan Gichohi and his DCI counterpart Kenneth Njoroge, who were within the precincts of the station at the time the shooting occurred.
National Police Service spokesman George Kinoti on Sunday said investigations were proceeding well and promised to comment on the matter on Monday.
Mr Juma’s mobile telephone call data has also been retrieved and is expected to help in establishing his last movements as well as the persons he communicated with at least five hours before his mysterious death.
In a rare show of unity, Luhya leaders on Sunday for a speedy investigation into the killing.
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, United Democratic Party head Cyrus Jirongo, Senators Boni Khalwale and George Khaniri (Vihiga) and Ikolomani MP Benard Shinali said in Kakamega Town increased cases of Kenyans being murdered in cold blood was a clear indication that the government had failed in its responsibility to protect citizens.
“It’s the responsibility of every government in the world to provide security for its citizens and their property, failure to which it lacks the moral authority to govern the same people,” said Mr Mudavadi.
The former Deputy Prime Minister accused Jubilee of taking the country “back to the days when Kenyans were assassinated”, a claim that was separately made by Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat while speaking in Bomet.
“It is sad to note that Jacob died at a time when he had exposed various financial scams bedeviling the Jubilee administration,” he noted, referring to the incident as “overkilling” owing to the number of bullets sprayed on his body.
Mr Salat’s sentiments were echoed by MPs from the North Rift region, including Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Nandi Hills counterpart Alfred Keter.