KRA lawyer Jared Ratemo 'was probing tax issue'

Thursday July 13 2017

LSK President Isaac Okero leads lawyers in a demonstration in Nairobi on July 1, 2016 to condemn the killing of lawyer Willie Kimani. The law society has linked the death of KRA lawyer Jared Ratemo to an investigation he was carrying out. FILE PHOTO | EUNICE KILONZO | NATION MEDIA GROUP


The Law Society of Kenya has linked the murder of a lawyer attached to the Kenya Revenue Authority to an investigation he was carrying out.

Jared Ratemo was found dead on Mombasa Road on Wednesday morning.


LSK President Isaac Okero said Mr Ratemo was scheduled to fly to Mombasa at around 9.45am but was moments later unreachable by phone before his body was discovered.

“The circumstances of Ratemo’s demise point to a most foul murder at the hands of people he was familiar with,” said Mr Okero

The lawyer’s brother, Harun Mokua, told the Nation that Mr Ratemo, a father of three, was abducted on Tuesday, days after he had travelled to Nairobi to resolve undisclosed tax issues.


The murder of Mr Ratemo comes barely a month after the brutal killing of another lawyer, Ronald Lubya, and one year after the slaying of lawyer Willie Kimani, which sparked protests among lawyers.


Mr Ratemo’s body was discovered by motorists, who alerted the police from the Embakasi station.

His identification documents were found on his body.

Embakasi criminal investigations chief Peter Ndubi said investigations into the death had started.

He denied claims that the lawyer had been shot.

“We are still investigating the circumstances under which he died, but we suspect he may have been murdered elsewhere before his body was dumped there,” Mr Ndubi said.


An email notifying staff about Mr Ratemo’s death was circulated at the KRA, with the HR department saying the body was taken to the Chiromo Mortuary.

“Until his death, he was serving as a supervisor in customs and Border Control Department Consol base CFS in Mombasa,” the email read in part.

Elsewhere, two suspected robbers were shot dead by police in Pangani on Wednesday morning as they attempted to rob a woman of her belongings.

Police said they found a Ceska pistol on them.

According to police, the victim alerted police on patrol after the robbers took her belongings. The thugs had also hit and injured a guard in an attempt to break into the premises he was guarding, police said.