Mudavadi, Western Kenya leaders condemn Jacob Juma’s killing


Musalia Mudavadi
Musalia Mudavadi

Amani National Congress Party leader Musalia has led Western Kenya leaders in condemning the killing of prominent businessman Jacob Juma and demanding for the prosecution of those behind his shooting.

Mudavadi insisted that the government has a responsibility to protect every citizen, even those who have spoken against the state.

Prior to his death, the outspoken businessman had claimed that several people were plotting to kill him.

Referring to these allegations, Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale urged those mention by Juma to speak out as they may have some key information about the Thursday night killing.

Veteran politician Cyrus Jirongo, on the other hand, claimed that three things could have led to Juma’s death: the Eurobond scandal, the NYS saga and Weston Hotel matter. He went on to allege that Juma was killed by people within the government.

Navakholo MP Emmanuel Wangwe, Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi and Vihiga County Senator George Khaniri called for justice on behalf of the family and friends of Juma.

Jacob Juma was killed by unknown gunmen around 9:30 p.m. along Lenana Road, Nairobi.

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

Police say he was blocked and shot several times, but nothing was stolen from him.

Disbandment of IEBC

Touching on the move by the Coalitions for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) to disband the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the leaders said that Kenyans have lost faith in the commission.

Speaking to those who attended the burial of former Ikolomani MP Seth Lugonzo, Khalwale urged the attendants to join CORD leaders on Monday as they protest the poll body.

CORD luminary Raila Odinga has alleged that the IEBC has been compromised by the Jubilee Coalition, having been promised plump jobs if they compromise the outcome of the 2017 polls.

The poll body has, however, denied these allegations. In a press briefing held late last week, they claimed that the Opposition has lodged a systematic smear campaign against them with the aim of discrediting the outcome of  2017 General Election.

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