Businessman Jacob Juma was shot dead Thursday (5th May, 2016) night by unknown gunmen in Nairobi.

Police say Mr Juma was killed at 10pm near Lenana School.

His bullet-riddled vehicle was found in a ditch. The vehicle had 10 bullet holes.

Police say nothing was stolen from the businessman as two mobile phones and cash were found in the vehicle.

Mr Juma was a contractor who also had interests in mining and never shied away from controversy.

He had a litany of winding criminal and civil suits.

He was the managing director of Erad Supplies, which had sued the National Cereals and Produce Board over a contract to deliver 40,000 tonnes of maize.

Mr Juma sued the State corporation seeking Sh500 million for alleged breach of contract.

He never supplied the maize but claimed he incurred heavy losses in profits and storage costs.

Mining company

The businessman was earlier this year named in a National Land Commission (NLC) report and at one time sued Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.

The NLC had accused Mr Juma of fraudulently acquiring a nine-acre piece of land off Mombasa Road.

The businessman and former President Daniel Moi’s son Jonathan Toroitich Moi are alleged to have acquired the government land, on which Kings Business Park sits.

The NLC had recommended that the title initially issued to Sakir Properties be revoked.

In August last year, Mr Juma filed a case seeking to have Dr Kidero’s accounts frozen claiming the governor received Sh650 million on behalf of Mumias Sugar Company and failed to deposit it.

Mr Juma relied on allegations made by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale, who claimed that Dr Kidero received the funds on behalf of Mumias Sugar as envisaged in the sales agreement between Mumias and YH Wholesalers in 2012 for the sale of 13,450 metric tons of sugar.

Senator Khalwale said the money was never deposited in Mumias Sugar Company accounts.

Mr Juma had also in 2015 sued then Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala for revoking the licence of his company, Cortec Mining Kenya.

Mr Balala struck out Cortec’s licence after the firm claimed it had identified commercially viable mineral deposits estimated at Sh61 trillion in the Mrima Hills, Kwale County.