Businessman Jacob Juma is the top trend on Twitter on Friday, May 6 with over 28, 000 tweets sent by users to condole with his family after he was murdered by unknown gunmen on the night of Thursday, May 5.
The prominent tycoon was slain 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.
But just who is this man Jacob Juma?
Born 44 years ago in the border between Busia and Bungoma county, Mr Juma was born and raised Mugore Village in Bungoma County. He attended Mugore Primary School and Bungoma High School. An A student, he was admitted to The University of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce specialising in Finance.
Upon graduating from The university of Nairobi’s Business school (Kabete pesa), Mr Juma plunged into business with a diverse chain of companies registered under his name. Juma once revealed his first contract was the refurbishment of Co-operative College in Karen, using equipment borrowed from National Youth Service (NYS).
He was the managing director of Erad Supplies, a company that had sued National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) over a contract for delivery of 40,000 tonnes of maize.
Mr Juma sued NCPB seeking KSh500 million for alleged breach of contract claiming to have incurred huge losses in profits and storage costs.
Special or extra advisor to Raila on matters corruption and Eurobond
Jacob Juma was a supporter of Prime Minister Raila Odinga and even once vowed to bankroll and organise for Raila to take power in 2017. He was a special advisor to Raila on Eurobond and Public official corruption
Lived in “KSh100 million house”
Jacob Juma, a father of two, never gave any qualms talking about “my big wealth” and “lived in a KSh100 million” residence in the upmarket Karen area.
Jacob in a past media interview said he wasn’t able to quantify his wealth “from businesses spread in 52 countries across the world”.
Had interest in mining
Mr Juma was a director and proprietor of Cortec Mining Kenya Ltd, Kenya, with a profile on his Twitter account showing the company was affiliated to Cortec SA, Cortec Uk, Stirling, UK, Pacific Wildcat Resources Corp., Canada, USA, Rio Tinto, Australia, First Western, UK.
Jacob Juma invested a lot of resources in investigating EUROBOND scandal and other official corruption deals in Jubilee regime. He provided content on how Eurobond funds were embezzeled, he brew up Ann Waiguru and also linked other influential persons like Murkomen, Duale and Farouk Kibet to corruption.
Had a premonition of his death
In what appears to have been a premonition of his death, Juma tweeted on March 25 that: “Freedom is expensive? Death is a must for everybody. I will NOT fear death and stay in comfort zone as majority of Kenyans suffer anymore.”