Cyrus Jirongo, while recently speaking at Jacob Juma’s funeral service, has given the police a tip-off on the identity of Juma’s killers.
Speaking at the service, the politician and former Member of Parliament sent his heartfelt condolences to Juma’s family, and suggested that speculations which swirl around DP Ruto are obviously the key to unlocking the mystery of the murder case. He said:
“If the IG is sincere, Jacob Juma slapped the Deputy president William Ruto sometime ago. That’s where the investigation should start.”
He urged the IG of police to immediately call the leaders involved or accused by the late businessman to record a statement, claiming that the inspector knows Juma’s real killers. He further lashed at the IG, asking him to desist from harassing opposition leaders.
Recanting their first meeting, the politician said he has known Juma since his childhood up until his time in Kenya polytechnic, adding that since then, Juma had remained a close ally. Describing the mood in which he met Juma a week ago in Westlands before the billionaire’s death, Cyrus Jirongo explained that he found Juma happy and boisterous. He urged the country to stand firm and call a spade a spade by insisting that the suspects be apprehended for appropriate grilling.
The requiem mass for Jacob Juma took place on Thursday, and it saw many other speakers grab the opportunity to castigate police’s claim that they are carrying out investigations into the killing. At the event, Juma’s nine-year-old son eulogized:
“If I have to meet my great father again, I would. He was the best dad I could have ever had. He is a friend who put his energy into what he believed in. When he said something, he meant it. He tried to bring us peace but we killed him. But it doesn’t matter. A man is still a man even if he has passed.”
His 12 year old son added:
“We know we will meet him in heaven.”
Blogger Alai also paid tribute to the slain businessman, urging the government to avoid being impartial in pinpointing the killer of the outspoken man. Alai claimed that Jacob Juma did not die at the alleged time. According to him, the tycoon was still alive past 10pm as his WhatsApp was active.
Reports say the businessman was shot dead at about 9.30pm last Thursday night. He had expressed his disappointment over the country being run and governed by the mafia, likening the mafia to the leaders including the President and the Chief Justice.
Raila recalled his meeting with the billionaire in 2003 when he was Roads minister and one of the owners of a construction company. Raila added that Juma feared for his life while alive, a day before his murder.
“We must unite and say no to political assassinations.”
Kalonzo assured that Opposition leaders will spearhead the investigations into the heinous act, swearing not to let the slain man go for nothing.
Pledging to liberate the nation, he urged Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi to leave Jubilee and join with CORD in the fight against political assassination.
Jacob Juma died aged 42 in an attack last Thursday night. A post mortem report shows he had no wounds to the head and that he was killed by two shots to the chest. The motive of the killing has not been established by police, as they are reported to have launched an investigation and also have appealed for helpful information from the public.