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Tell us why Juma was killed, Raila asks Uhuru

Cord leader Raila Odinga has asked President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to speak out on the murder of businessman Jacob Juma.

Addressing mourners during a public viewing of Mr Juma’s body in Kakamega on Friday, Mr Odinga said: “Kenyans are waiting for answers from the President and his deputy on why Mr Juma was brutally murdered. The two are ashamed to speak about the killing.”

But Mr Ruto accused the Opposition of using the murder to shore up its declining fortunes.

“It is of no use for leaders who have lost popularity to exploit the killing of Jacob Juma to gain political mileage. I want to ask Cord and other opposition leaders to record statements with the police on what they know about the murder instead of implicating other leaders whom they do not agree with,” said Mr Ruto in Aldai, Nandi county.

Speaking at the Approved School grounds in Kakamega, Mr Odinga repeated  his claim that the businessman was killed because of the information he had on the Eurobond saga and for exposing the National Youth Service scandal.

“Those who shed the blood of Mr Juma will not go unpunished,” he said.

“If they think they have silenced Mr Juma for good, they should know there are several other Jumas out there willing to give information on the corruption going on in government,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Juma’s widow Miriam said the family felt let down by the government since no effort had been made to have his killers arrested.


“I do not know how to put what I want to say but my husband was killed because of the fearless stand he took in the fight against corruption in government,” she said in Kakamega.

Earlier in Nairobi, she announced that the family will engage  private investigators to help unravel the mystery of his murder.

Mrs Juma asked Internal Security minister Joseph ole Nkaissery to provide “CCTV footage of his car, tracked to Ngong Road on Thursday May 5, the night he was murdered.”

Speaking to journalists at her Karen home, Mrs Juma also asked that the family be provided with telephone data detailing his movement on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6.

“We ask only these two things for now, we shall be requesting more information in due course and look forward to your cooperation,”  the widow said.

The family, she said, also supports calls for the engagement of foreign help like the American FBI and Britain’s Scotland Yard to help in investigations.

Mr Juma was found dead in his car on May 5 after being shot by unknown gunmen.

Postmortem examination results have since revealed that he died from two bullets fired at close range to his chest.