Corruption, politics, murder: anatomy of a Kenyan killing

Kenya's long history of state violence meant the murder of Jacob Juma, who was found dead in his Mercedes with five bullet holes in his body, was quickly viewed as a political assassinationOn a wet Thursday night in early May, a well-known businessman and government critic was found dead in his armoured blue Mercedes by a busy road on the outskirts of Nairobi, five bullet holes in his chest, neck and arm. Kenya’s long history of state violence meant the murder of Jacob Juma, who was in his mid-forties, was quickly viewed as a political assassination. The arc of Juma’s life was unusual at first, and then unique: Kenya’s pervasive tribal patronage helped a poor but smart rural kid make the political connections necessary to get rich on ill-gotten government contracts.

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