Football fanatics of Kenya are into mourning following the death of Isaac Juma, one of Kenya’s most popular football fanatic who was murdered by unknown assailants on Wednesday night at his home in Kakamega County.
The 56 year Old Juma was attacked at his home in Rukaya village of Mumias west. His wife Farida Juma said that the attackers struck at 9:00 pm, adding that she suspected he had been killed over a land tussle.
Mumias West OCPD Stephen Muoni said that one of the suspects is already in police custody, as officers hunt for his suspected accomplices.
“We may as well arraign him today depending on how fast our investigations materialise.
“He was in his house when he heard a commotion in his sheep pen. Going out together with his son, and brother the two men hacked Juma to death as his son and brother narrowly escaped,” Muoni added.
Juma was known for his passion for local football and was recognised as a loyal fan of AFC Leopard and Harambee Stars.
He would often attend matches draped in paint and rocking team merchandise. He would be allowed on the touchline where he would excite and entertain both the players and fans.
At the time of his death, Juma was 56 years old and is survived by two wives and 10 children.
For his contributions to football fanaticism, Juma received the Kenya Premier League Chairman’s lifetime achievement award (KPL FOYA) in 2011.
He had moved to Mumias from Nakuru County, where he had long worked as a newspaper vendor.