Oct 19, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘I don’t want to recall my Julie Ward trial’

Since he was brought into the international spotlight by the death of a missing British tourist, Julie Ward, the former guard of the Masai Mara Game Reserve has opted for a lonely life with his two wives.

How a Noticeable are the elongated earlobes of Mr. Makala, typical Maasai elder. Mr Makala’s house is surrounded by a dense corn plantation – an indicator of his farming skills.

Despite his age, the 76-year-old ex-overseer looks strong – and would rather forget about the trial he was going through when he was embroiled in Julie Ward’s murder.

“I don’t want to get involved in the media to open old wounds, to give me my time to slowly withdraw, and I don’t want to get into mine Past to be withdrawn. ” he told the nation.

Ms. Ward, a publishing assistant and amateur photographer from Bury St. Edmunds, England, was with her Australian friend Dr. Glen Burns on a safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve when the vehicle they were driving, a Suzuki Jeep, broke down. After Dr. Burns returned to Nairobi, Ms. Ward spent the night alone at the Mara Serena Lodge.

Accused of murder

On September 6, after the vehicle was repaired, Ms. Ward left after driving to the nearby Sand River Camp to pick up some camping gear, but she never returned.

A week later, her cremated and dismembered body was found in the ashes of a fire by her father, John Ward who fled into the country to look for his missing daughter.

Mr. Makala was arrested years later, charged with murder, and acquitted by the Nairobi High Court on September 17, 1999. Two other rangers were charged and also released.

While Jonathan Toroitich, President Moi’s eldest son, was involved in the murder, he produced an alibi and told the media, “I am totally shocked to hear that Listen. I had no relationship with said lady (Julie) and I didn’t even know her. I’ve never done anything like this, and it never crossed my mind to do it. ”

When the nation visited the Makala home, he declined interviews and said he would rather not get involved remember what had to do with the case that shook the world.

Humble man

“Memories of what he went through hurt him a lot. He lost his job, he lost his pension even though he was innocent, and the dangers he went through hurt him very much, ”says his brother Alex Makala.

Mr. Makala is a father of 15 Years and spends his time with his two wives two and has over 1,000 cows on his farm.
Another friend and neighbor, Mr. Davis Tall, describes Mr. Makala as a quiet and humble man.

“He broke away from what happened and he asked to be allowed to lead his quiet life,” said Mr. Tall.

Julie Ward’s father, John Ward, who is still on Seeking Justice, Says the investigation has not turned up as the killer has never been charged.

During the investigation, Mr. Ward complained of cover-ups and attempts by government officials to falsify records.

Several witnesses to the murder, including Valentine Ohuru Kodipo, a key witness to the murder, have died. Mr Kodipo died in Denmark, where he sought asylum.

Chronology of events

February 1988 – Julie, 28, leaves her home in Suffolk for a seven month journey

7. September 1988 – She disappears from her campsite in the Masai Mara Game Reserve

13. September 1988 – Her charred and mutilated remains are found in the Makari area of ​​the Masai Mara. The Kenyan authorities initially insist that she either committed suicide or was killed by wildlife.

January 1989 – The Kenyan police refuse to investigate the murder. Julie’s father begins his own investigation.

October 1989 – The Kenyan court rules that Julie was murdered.

February 1990 – Mr Ward persuades British Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd to order an investigation by Scotland Yard. Detectives are flying to Kenya.

January 1992 – Two rangers from the Masai Mara reservation are on trial for Julie’s murder.

June 1992 – The two are acquitted and the judge explains that there was a cover-up to protect Kenya’s expanding tourism industry.

November 1993 – The focus shifts to the claim, that Julie was murdered on political grounds after stumbling upon a smuggling operation.

1996 – The man behind the allegations has been discredited.

1997 – Kenya provides a team of independent police officers to re-investigate Julie’s death while her father continues his high-profile campaign to find her killers.

July 1998 – Game warden Simon Ole Makallah is charged with her murder.

1. March 1999 – Makallah is on trial in Nairobi.

17. September 1999 – Judge clears Makallah of murder. After the acquittal, Mr. Ward called for a retrial, but his plea went unanswered.

November 2001 – The Police Appeals Board agreed to an investigation by a different force from the original investigation supervise by Scotland Yard.

2. March 2004 – Greater Suffolk Coroner Peter Dean announces he will reopen the investigation into Julie’s death 16 years after it opened.

26. April 2004 – The long-awaited investigation takes place in Ipswich.

6. September 2008 – Chief Constable Jon Stoddart authored an independent report on behalf of Lincolnshire Police said of the role of the FCO and the UK High Commission: “There is clear evidence of inconsistency and contradiction, falsehoods and outright lies, and this has unsurprisingly led John Ward to believe that there was an active conspiracy to prevent him from identifying his daughter’s murderers. “

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