Raila Odinga has hit at Deputy William Ruto for threatening to take legal actions against Cyrus Jirongo.
Speaking with other leaders while addressing the mourners of Juma on Friday, the politician claimed that the government murdered Juma for being a strong Jubilee critic.
The CORD leader challenged Deputy President William Ruto to quit ranting and a take a step with his threat against former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo who claimed that Juma once slapped him (Ruto).
According to him:
“If you couldn’t sue Jacob Juma when he tweeted your name as plotting his killing, why then do you want to sue Jirongo, you should go to court like yesterday.”
The CORD leader made this claim when the body of city tycoon Jacob Juma arrived in Kakamega aboard a chopper as locals swarmed the venue for viewing.
Cyrus Jirongo on the other hand challenged the DP to head to court, stating he prepared to prove his claim in court.
The former Lugari MP spoke during a burial ceremony at Mung’ore village in Bungoma on Saturday.
Jirongo said on Thursday:
“You cannot ask killers to investigate themselves. Juma slapped Ruto a while back. That is where the problem started and investigations should start there.”
“Those who strangled ICC defence witness Meshack Yebei also assassinated Juma. We can only end this by kicking out the Jubilee government.”
Juma’s family had said they are going to seek the service of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Scotland Yard to carry out investigations into his murder.
The family said they are also going to employ a private investigator to follow up the case because so far, Kenyan police have showed signs of incompetency on the case.
The family further claimed that police’s investigations are unfolding more questions instead of answers as to who, why and what, might have propelled the killing.
They asked the police to reveal who found Juma’s bullet dead body, the time it was found and when it was taken to the City Mortuary.
More so, they have asked Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to toss forward the CCTV footage of Juma’s car tracked to Ngong Road on the Thursday night of May 5 when he was killed.
Juma’s widow, Miriam Wairimu, on behalf of the family, said:
“We also ask for mobile data detailing the various mobile operator locator masts Juma travelled through on that night and morning of May 6.”
On Thursday, May 12, during Juma’s requiem mass at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi, leaders who spoke demanded that speedy investigations be carried out into the mysterious assassination. Raila, however, expressed his doubt on the will by the government to carry out investigations into Juma’s murder.
He claimed the government killed the businessman because of the information he possessed about the NYS and the Eurobond scandals. Hear him:
“May be we shall, but chances are high we shall never know the truth if the past is precedent. Kenya has a long list of unexplained deaths. I however know that as a businessman, Jacob had connections. He used his connections both for the growth of personal businesses and for public good.”
Juma was gunned dead near Lenana School in Nairobi while driving to his home around 9.30 p.m on Thursday, May 5, police said.
A post-mortem conducted on his body revealed that he died from two bullets which hit his chest twice, passing out through his back.
The post mortem also showed that the he suffered severe right arm injuries, an indication that he struggled with the killers before he was murdered.
According to detectives investigating the murder, the car had no bullet holes on the windscreen and it was bullet proof. The officer in charge of the investigations had this to say:
“The only place the bullets hit was the driver-seat window. There is no way a bullet could penetrate the bulletproof window and ricochet to him in the chest. It is a puzzle.”
Bullets are said to have been fired at the drivers’ door but they rebounded off the bulletproofed window on the driver’s chair. It is believed the killers used a blunt object like a hammer to break the screen before the businessman was killed.
Detectives also suspect that Juma might have been killed elsewhere and his body dragged with his car to the scene of the crime.