A man is still a man, even when he is dead – Juma’s son

May 12, 2016 7:04 pm
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In his eulogy he praised his late father, who he remembered as a man of peace/MIKE KARIUKI
In his eulogy he praised his late father, who he remembered as a man of peace/MIKE KARIUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12- “A man is still a man, even when he is dead,” these were the emotional words of John Juma, the 9-year-old son of the slain businessman Jacob Juma and spoken at his requiem mass at the All Saints Cathedral on Thursday.

In his eulogy he praised his late father, who he remembered as a man of peace.

“It doesn’t matter whether he is dead, maybe it might hurt us a lot and he might not be able to talk to us…he tried to show us peace but he got killed. He is the best Dad that I could ever have,” he said during a requiem service at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.

“It is sad that he has died, we should allow him to rest in peace.”

His elder sister Irene Juma, who was overwhelmed by emotions said: “Even though he might not be physically alive, his soul is still resting in God’s palm. We will see him later in Heaven.”

She is 12 years old.

His widow, Miriam Wairimu however complained that detectives investigating the heinous killing of her husband have not sought any information from her or even visited their Karen home.

On the fateful day, when Juma was killed, Wairimu said no one informed her and a week later, police are yet to contact her.

“No one, I mean not even the police considering that we just live in Karen not far from the police station, there is no one who came to tell us anything,” Wairimu said.

“Up-to-date, I have not seen any policeman come to talk to me in my house for any kind of investigation. When I hear there is any kind of probe going on I don’t understand.”

She urged the Government to expedite the investigation saying: “We are not going to rest until we find them (the assassins).”

To her, she said Juma was the “best husband and dad to my children. He fought a good fight but I request the Government, to please find the killers.”

Other family members and leaders who spoke during the requiem mass urged the government to do everything possible to unravel the mystery behind the murder.

They described him as a true patriot of the country, who only fought for the truth and justice.

His family members and leaders who spoke at a requiem mass held at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi urged the government to everything possible to unravel the mystery behind the murder.

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