NAIROBI (HAN) May 6.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News.Controversial Kenyan businessman Jacob Juma was on Thursday night shot dead by unknown gunmen in Nairobi.

Police say Mr Juma was killed at 10pm (1900 GMT) 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.

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The bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to businessman Jacob Juma, who was shot dead by unknown gunmen on May 5, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |

Never shied away

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 the National Cereals and Produce Board over a contract for delivery of 40,000 tonnes of maize.

Mr Juma sued the state corporation seeking $5 million (Ksh500 million) for alleged breach of contract.

Heavy losses

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

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

The NLC had accused Mr Juma of 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.

Be revoked

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 $6.5 million (Ksh 650 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.

The licence

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

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.



 

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