Opposition leader Raila Odinga has repeated his claims once again that businessman Jacob Juma’s death was for political reasons.
Raila harped on the claim to a mammoth crowd of anti-IEBC protesters on Monday, stating that “Juma’s death didn’t just happen. We will pay back by taking the leadership away from Jubilee.”
The politician earlier said the killing of Juma was carried out by police squad directed by some high profile personnel, as the shootings were obviously done by experts. He questioned the manner of response by the police after the incident and accused them of reporting the same crime they committed.
Quoting the cord leader:
“That is an indication it was a hit. Whether they were hired (hit men) or not it fits description of a hit on the face value.”
“I had spoken to Juma… We had planned a meeting but I could not make it because I went to Parliament and rescheduled. The next day as I was heading home I found his car parked outside my gate. He told me of the threats he had been receiving.”
CORD co-principles including Raila, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula also at the event urged their supporters to observe a moment of silence for Juma before marching on to protest. The protest once again was frustrated as police clashed with the opposition during the activity. Policemen fired teargas at the stone-throwing agitators during the protest.
But opposition leader Raila Odinga insisted that the protests will take place until the commissioners, led by chairman Issack Hassan, are laid off. The opposition insists the commission will not conduct a free and fair election with the present commissioners overseeing it.
On the other hand, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission dismissed the accusations of bias and says its members will not quit unless Raila throws up a reliable proof for his claim. Meanwhile, the murder of businessman Jacob Juma has drawn the attention of both Kenyans at home and those in diaspora, with pressure on the Government to untangle the mystery around the killing of the city businessman.
The businessman, who was an open supporter of Raila, slammed the government each time things worked against the Opposition leaders. He has often accused politicians in power of stealing Kenya’s peace and is known to consider government officials “enemies of progress.” The businessman was known for being controversial with his posts on Twitter, especially on issues relating to government.
On Saturday there was a confrontation between a senior police officer and agitated friends and relatives of the late businessman Jacob Juma at the Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi which led to the arrest of a journalist.
This was after a heated war of words broke out at the mortuary as the late businessman’s family members queried Mr Martin Nyuguto, an officer from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), on why police didn’t respond to the assassination incident in time. The angered relatives, who went to be present during Mr Juma’s autopsy, also questioned why detectives took too much of a time to secure the late businessman’s Mercedes Benz car.
Pushed hard to give details on the questionable move by the police, Mr Nyuguto confessed that the vehicle was secured at 7pm on Friday, almost 21 hours after the murder.
The Sunday Nation reporter who dared captured the fume between the two parties was then arrested but by the help of Juma’s family was later released.