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Azimio Govt to charge Ruto with Jacob Juma’s murder, says Raila

Azimio Govt to charge Ruto with Jacob Juma’s murder, says Raila

By John Kamau, Editor, (

The Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition will charge United Democratic Alliance (UDA) presidential candidate William Ruto with Jacob Juma’s murder if the coalition ascends to power.

The Azimio la Umoja presidential candidate, Raila Odinga while revisiting the killing of the controversial businessman, said he will push for those behind his death to be brought to book.

Raila, who was on the campaign trail in Nasianda in Bumula Constituency in Bungoma County where the late Juma was buried, said the current government has let down the family of the businessman by failing to apprehend and prosecute his killers.

The former Prime Minister recounted that before Juma was killed, he had told him that he had a dossier, which had pushed unknown people to plot to assassinate him.
With the killers of Juma still at large, Raila vowed the murderers will be apprehended and prosecuted immediately he forms government.

"We must get the people who killed Juma. They tortured him and he died with a lot of secrets. No matter how long it will take, we will find Juma's killers and arraign them in court," said the ODM leader.

He added: "This is not a joke but a promise. Hold it as a debt. Whenever I remember Juma, I get overwhelmed emotionally because he was championing truth. He died because of truth and justice."

Juma was killed on May 5, 2016 on the same day that he filed submissions in a case in which he had sued the Kenyan government for Sh2 trillion in an international court.

He sued after the government cancelled his licence to mine at Mrima Hill, a region in Kwale County believed to be so rich in rare minerals that the initial decision to allocate him the entire area remains a baffling mystery.

A week before he was killed, Juma had tweeted that ”the person who was obsessed with plans to kill him was William Ruto.

“I am aware about it. I know that my assassination was discussed on Tuesday,” he tweeted a week before he was gunned down.

There are reports Juma could have been killed in Karen and the body dumped at Ngong Road.

The cold-blooded murder of the controversial businessman was a meticulously planned job involving plotters who were his one-time business partners, bank rollers and hired assassins, highly conversant with summary executions.

The killers took advantage of the lack of electronic surveillance on the road that he used to strike, affording them the luxury to interfere with the scene of crime. This could reinforce the thinking that the killers were not ordinary criminals, but trained individuals with advance pre and post attack details.

Prior to his attack, CCTV footage show Juma’s car moving around Westlands and Lavington areas.

“There was a lot of movement of his car, especially along Waiyaki Way. We are reviewing the CCTV footage for possible important clues,” Ndegwa Muhoro, the then head of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was quoted saying.

The last person who was with the businessman was a woman with whom he was seen coming out of his Westlands apartment.

While Juma was seemingly aware of plans to eliminate him, and proceeded to post his fears on Twitter, those who were planning to accelerate his appointment with St Peter, were busy conspiring with their paymasters to unexpectedly strike the aggressive businessman with a notoriety for speaking his mind without beating about the bush.

There was another twist in Decembe 2016 when a man who allegedly delivered a letter Juma's murder to activist Boniface Mwangi was detained by police for four days.

Douglas Nyakundi claimed he was working at DP William Ruto's office and delivered a letter with a confession on how the murder was planned and executed.

Nyakundi said he was a messenger in the office, and was given the letter by his boss, whom he identified only as Rono.

Later Ruto sued Mwangi over a tweet linking him to the controversial businessman's death.

The DP’s lawyer said the claim was "scandalous and injured his reputation".

This came as Nyakundi promised to introduce the activist, Mwangi to the man who killed Juma.

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