Detectives from the State CID, who have been on investigations, trying to follow Jacob Juma’s last steps before his death, have just released details of the billionaire’s last moment.
In a statement on Tuesday, CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro said the team investigating Juma’s death had retrieved a footage from the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, and video clips from the Intelligent Surveillance (IVS) cameras. The footage shows Juma’s drive from Westlands to the city centre, and later to Yaya centre.
In the video, Juma was seen in the company of a ‘female passenger’ who joined him from his Brookside office in Westlands to the city centre. It was also found that at 19.34, the deceased’s vehicle opposite Westlands Bus Terminus driving along Waiyaki way towards the CBD with the same passenger.
The video about Jacob Juma’s last steps showed that at 19.36, Juma was along Waiyaki way, close to Villa Rosa, driving towards Uhuru highway.
Two minutes later, a camera captured him at Kenyatta/Uhuru highway near Ministry of Tourism, driving along Uhuru highway towards Mombasa road. Later on, he drove to Uhuru highway near Central park, heading towards Waiyaki way before reaching Nyerere road near Children’s traffic park, towards Kenyatta avenue.
At 20.14, the cameras say Juma was at Argwings Kodhek road, near Yaya centre, heading towards Ole Odume road. Sadly, this is the last footage yet unveiled about the slain city billionaire.
Ndegwa said investigators also examined Juma’s last communication, and had summoned a few people for grilling. Among them is the woman seen accompanying Juma in his car. The detectives disclosed that the lady captured in video was questioned and she confirmed to have met Juma on the fateful day during lunchtime and had placed an appointment with him later in the evening.
“The lady confirmed to have been dropped later by a taxi driver at Rose apartments along Brookside drive.”
Juma was killed on May 15 along Ngong road by unknown people. The CID released the video of Juma’s last moments after demands by family members last week seeking to know how Juma got killed. The family members had said they would employ private investigators to handle the case differently, referring to the police as incompetent.
The official explanation so far is that Juma was shot after he was forced off the road by gunmen. But others say he could have been shot elsewhere and that the murder scene could have been stage managed. Juma’s death once more brings high profile murders in Nairobi’s Karen area to light — the most remarkable in history being that of Lord Errol in 1941, aged 40; that of white Kenyan philanderer Tonio Trzebinski aged 41 in 2001, Josslyn Hay, and now Juma at 44.
There are a few parallels on these murders. After the murder of Lord Erroll, his body was discovered by milk boys at the intersection of Karen and Ngong roads after a night of heavy rains unlike Juma’s. His car, a Buick, had also been plunged into a deep murram trench and the lights were still on by the time the body was found.
The killing of Lord Erroll, who was a Nairobi playboy, scandalised colonial Kenya’s privileged expatriate community. Up till now, the jigsaw puzzle behind the murder of Erroll is yet to be resolved and it inspired the movie White Mischief starring Charles Dance and Greta Scacchi.
The murder of Tonio Trzebinski aged 41 on the other hand happened while he was driving his white Alfa Romeo to the house of his mistress, Natasha Illum-Berg, in Karen. His shooting came after his marriage to the German-born got terminated. The murder, which took place in 2001, some 15 years ago, has never been resolved till date, although an inquest began this year.
Karen police had initially said that Trzebinski’s murder was a car-jacking, but was heavily dismissed since nothing was robbed from his car despite featuring expensive watch and large amount of cash in his wallet. His mother, Mrs Trzebinski, said that detectives had told her that her son’s murder, far from being an opportunistic crime or even a revenge killing, could have been a professional assassination by his associates, who knew he had too much about their criminal activities.
How closely these deaths resemble themselves!