Kenya’s number one soccer fan Isaac Juma was laid to rest on Saturday in an emotional send-off that was characterized by calls for speedy investigations and justice to the family.
The legendary soccer fan was brutally murdered two weeks ago by assailants who the family speculates are after the family piece of land.
Leading hundreds of soccer fans at the late Juma’s home in Ubuyenjere village Mumias, West Constituency Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the perpetrators of the heinous act must be brought to book and justice be done to the family Juma has left behind.
“We have come here to join the family, friends and other mourners to accord our number one fan a befitting send-off as one way of appreciating his sacrifice in the promotion of soccer.
“I’m appealing to the security agents to ensure that all who touched on the late Juma have been arrested and arraigned in court so that justice is brought to the family,” Said Oparanya.
The county chief and former AFC official added that the county government will fulfil its promises to the family and also assured them of their security.
Among other things, the County government of Kakamega promised to pay school fees for Juma’s school-going children.
AFC Leopards Chairman Dr Dan Shikanda termed the untimely demise of Juma as a blow to the family and AFC Leopards and the entire football fraternity.
“Juma has been very instrumental on the terraces cheering players and pushing them to give their best,” he added.
Gor Mahia ardent supporter Jaro Soja regretted the unwarranted demise of his friend Juma whom he termed as an intimate friend despite supporting different teams.
He urged both the Kakamega County government and the national government to consider naming Mumias Sports Complex after Isaac Juma for his memory for generations to come.
The body of the 56 years old and father of 17 children was interred a few minutes after 4 pm on Saturday.