Kenyans mourn football superfan Isaac Juma
Juma was a well-known figure in Kenyan football until his death, and his support for local teams, particularly Harambee Stars, AFC Leopard, and Home Boyz, was remarkable.
Hundreds of Kenyans shared videos of Juma dancing happily in many of the matches he attended, his body and face painted brightly, and the Kenyan flag hoisted in one arm, after his death.
Deputy President William Ruto was among the first Kenyan leaders to send condolences to the family of the late entertainer.
"We are heartbroken by the loss of the ever-present AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars longstanding fan Isaac Juma," Deputy President William Ruto Tweeted on Thursday.
"He was a friendly, ever jovial and passionate soccer supporter. Our thoughts are with the family and soccer fraternity during this painful time. Rest In Peace, Juma"
Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi followed suit, remembering Juma as a foootball fan whose motivation and energy lit all the stadiums he visited.
"I am saddened by the death of our AFCLeopards Harambee__Stars ardent fan, Isaac Juma," Mudavadi Tweeted.
"The late was an ever-present face on the terraces working up fans and his energy was a motivation to the boys in the pitch. May his family, friends and relatives find peace, as his soul RIP,"
The Orange Democractic Party (ODM) also made a beeline, with a message for the bereaved, describing the late football fan as strong supporter of Raila Odinga.
The party also demanded for an investigation into the alleged murder of Juma amid claims that he was hacked over a land dispute.
"We mourn the senseless killing of Mr. Isaac Juma Onyango, a renowned football fan and a strong supporter of our party leader," the ODM party Tweeted.
"On Tuesday night at his home in Mumias. We urged the relevant security agencies to move with speed to bring his killers to book,"
Goal Africa and Futaa- premier all-football websites- also sent out messages of condolences to the family of the late Juma.
"Renowned AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars fan Isaac Juma found murdered at his home," the company Tweeted.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family he left behind,"
"Kenyan football fraternity is mourning the death of Isaac Juma, the renowned number one football fan, who passed away on Wednesday night," Futaa wrote on Twitter.
"A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. On behalf of Futaa we do extend to the family our very sincere condolences,"
Standing on the touch lines and dancing to the last whistle during every match is not a joke ting
When the spirit of the players, technical bench and fans were down, he never lost his spirit, he always hoped for some magic from somewhere
Rest in eternal peace Isaac Juma 🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/grlaZxGO6k— Rapcha The Sayantist (@IAMRAPCHA) January 27, 2022
Waking up to the news that renowed Kenyan football fan Isaac Juma was slashed to death by unknow assailants yesterday in Kakamega 😭
Unconfirmed reports indicate that he had previously complained that some people have wanted to grab his land for a long time.
📸 @SportPicha pic.twitter.com/iVtT4TY7Pl— Jeff Kinyanjui (@Nyash88) January 27, 2022
What a depressing way to begin the day. I just learned that Kenya's popular football fan, Isaac Juma, was hacked to death at his home by an unknown gang.
We will truly miss your unwavering support for Kenyan football, Omwami. You were a devoted follower! Fare thee well! pic.twitter.com/OsSzLXlBMR— Sally Bolo (@SallyBolo) January 27, 2022