Slain businessman Jacob Juma will be buried with a torch and a knife, eDaily has learnt.
The family of the late Juma will lay him to rest according to Luhya customary rites – rites that demand such kind of a send-off for a renowned man whose life was cut short by slayers.
Grisham Juma – the late businessman’s relative – says Batura clan elders are set to conduct traditional rituals to avenge Juma’s brutal killing.
Therefore Juma will be buried with a torch and knife, as tradition dictates.
“The purpose of the torch is to help Juma hunt for his killers any time of day or night. The torch will be put in the casket while it is lit; and the day it goes off, a million deeds shall follow his killers – including running mad, dying in an accident or being involved in any other bad incident,” Daniel Wanjala, a member of the Luhya community, told eDaily.
“And the knife – once Juma uses the torch to find his killers – he will use it to avenge his death; despite his assassins using other forms of weapon on him,” added Mr Wanjala.
Jacob Juma was shot dead on Thursday, May 5 by unknown gunmen in Nairobi near Lenana School.
He will be laid to rest at Mungore village, Khasoko area of Bumula Constituency on Saturday, May 14.
The funeral is being co-ordinated by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) secretariat in Nairobi.
On Thursday, May 12 a requiem mass will be held at the All Saints Cathedral at 10:00am. This will be followed by a public viewing of the body in Uhuru Park, Nairobi at 12:00 noon that will be attended by CORD principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula.
The body will then be taken to his Karen home for a night vigil.
On Friday, May 13 the late Jacob Juma’s remains will depart for Kakamega Airstrip at 9:00am and a public viewing will be held at Masinde Muliro Gardens at 10:00am.
The body will at 11:30am be flown to Bungoma for public viewing at Kanduyi Stadium Bungoma.
Viewing of bodies is a cultural rite among the Luhya community.
The body will then be driven to the Late Juma’s family home in Mungore village, Khasoko area of Bumula Constituency, Bungoma County. The body will lie in state at his home on Friday night.
On Saturday, May 14 Jacob Juma’s funeral service will begin at 9:00am and end at 2pm.