Detectives have arrested Milton Namatsi who is suspected to have taken part in the murder of ardent football fan Isaac Juma on Wednesday night in Mumias.
DCI said the 27-year-old suspect was picked from his house by sleuths based at Mumias, after preliminary investigations linked him to the murder most-foul.
“Detectives suspect that Juma’s death maybe related to land issues that bedeviled his extended family and are burning the midnight candle to arrest the rest of the suspects,” DCI added.”
Reports say that on the day in question, Juma and his family had just finished their evening meal at their home in Ebuyenjere village in Mumias, when his killers struck.
Earlier in the night, children who were taking their supper outside the house had reported seeing silhouettes of unknown persons lurking around the house.
The children went back to the house and reported the matter to their parents who brushed it off. Moments later, Juma’s family heard a commotion in the sheep pen and immediately afterwards the sheep began bleating, prompting Juma and his 17-year-old son to dash outside.
But before they could establish what was happening, a group of men armed with machetes attacked them, hacking Juma to death. His teenage son however managed to cheat death narrowly, by escaping to a nearby farm.
Detectives suspect that Juma’s death may be related to ongoing land disputes amongst his extended family. The suspect is currently in custody and is being processed for arraignment in court tomorrow.
Juma, who was a newspaper vendor in Nakuru before retiring to his farm in Mumias, was an ardent football fan who religiously supported the country’s national team Harambee Stars and local club AFC Leopards.