Businessman Jacob Juma shot dead in Nairobi

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Late Businessman Jacob Juma

Businessman Jacob Juma was on Thursday night shot dead by unknown gunmen in Nairobi in what appears to be a political assasination.

Police say Mr Juma was killed at 10 p.m on Lenana Road near the Southern By-pass.

His bullet riddled vehicle was found in a ditch. The vehicle had 10 bullet holes.

Police say nothing was stolen from the businessman as two mobile phones and cash were found in the vehicle.

Mr Juma was a contractor who also had interest in mining and never shied away from controversy.

He had a litany of winding criminal and civil suits.

He was the managing director of Erad Supplies, a company that had sued National Cereals and Produce Board over a contract for delivery of 40,000 tonnes of maize.

Mr Juma sued the State corporation seeking Sh500 million for alleged breach of contract.

He never supplied the maize but claimed he incurred heavy losses in profits and storage costs.

MINING COMPANY

The businessman was early this year named in a National Land Commission report and at one time sued Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

The NLC had accused Mr Juma fraudulently acquiring nine-acre piece of land off Mombasa Road.

The businessman and former President Daniel Moi’s son Jonathan Toroitich Moi are alleged to have acquired the government land, on which Kings Business Park sits.

NLC had recommended that the title initially issued to Sakir Properties, be revoked.

In August last year, Mr Juma filed a case seeking to have Dr Kidero’s accounts frozen claiming the governor received Sh650 million on behalf of Mumias Sugar Company and failed to deposit it.

Mr Juma relied on allegations made by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who claimed that Dr Kidero received the funds on behalf of Mumias Sugar as envisaged in the sales agreement between Mumias and YH Wholesalers in 2012 for the sale of 13,450 metric tons of sugar.

Senator Khalwale said the money was never deposited in the Mumias Sugar Company.

The 42-year-old who ventured into business after studying at the University of Nairobi has been vocal on political issues and severally bashed the government.

He will be remembered for claiming his mining license was revoked after he allegedly declined to pay a bribe demanded by Former Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

Balala termed the allegations as malicious.

Mr Juma had also in 2015 sued the then Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala for revoking the licence of his company, Cortec Mining Kenya.

Mr Balala struck out Cortec’s licence after the firm claimed it had identified commercially viable mineral deposits estimated at Sh61 trillion in the Mrima Hills, Kwale County.

The businessman also refused to apologise to Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u for claiming she received money alongside Justice Philip Tunoi. Ndung’u refuted the claims.

Jacob Juma had also alleged Jubilee used over Sh250 billion of Eurobond money to refund all campaign cash allegedly used in the 2013 general election.

Juma’s tweet on March 27, 2016 seem to foretell his death. He wrote that, “Our footprints never reveal our race, class, tribe or religion. They merely say we were here and left a mark.

Juma’s last tweet was directed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and kenyan elections next year. He wrote “Mr @UKenyatta food for thought about next year’s elections. Try this too on CORD if you think Kenya is like Uganda!!”

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A picture of the bullet riddled vehicle belonging to businessman Jacob Juma who was shot by unknown gunmen on May 5, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
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