The Kenya Forum’s doubts about the authenticity of an article in the Nairobi Law Monthly supposedly by John Ward, father of the British tourist Julie Ward murdered in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve in 1988, grows by the hour.
Yesterday we pointed out (see below) that the article, which alleges involvement in Julie Ward’s murder by Jonathan Moi (which he emphatically denies) switches in style from a personal account to a third party report and relies on the testimony of an utterly discredited witness, Kodipo, discredited not least by John Ward himself.
The more we consider the article the greater grows our belief that it is at least in part a deception, or even a fake. Its style and content is so totally out of character for the real John Ward who just last year gave a hugely articulate exposition of the situation to date on NTV. (see below)
For 24 years John Ward, a former policeman, has campaigned to get to the truth of his daughter’s murder. His goal is to get a conviction of the real murderers. He above all people has paid meticulous attention to details and evidence (last year collecting DNA evidence, for example), linking events, being precise in his analysis and dismissing attempts to mislead him.
The Nairobi Law Monthly’s article, published under the name ‘John Ward’, is in part a disjointed, inarticulate list of namesand stories, and not something you would in anyway associated with the real John Ward.
John Ward would know that positively mentioning Kodipo would irreparably damage the case in court; he would refer to his daughter as ‘Julie’, or by her nickname ‘Muff’, not the formal ‘Julie Ward’; nor would he have just relied on the testimony of a ‘second hand clothes seller’ without fully supporting the testimony with facts; and he would know that the Nairobi Law Monthly article could set his investigation back years.
John Ward has spoken before of “red herrings’” being placed in front of him to lead him off the patch to the truth of his daughter’s murder. The Kenya Forum wonders if the Nairobi Law Monthly’s article is another ‘red herring’. Is it perhaps by someone else called ‘John Ward’? Is it Kenyan politics disguised as investigative journalism? Has the Nairobi Law Monthly been the victim of a hoax?
The Kenya Forum hopes to find the answer to these questions and more and to that end we are attempting to contact John Ward direct and have contacted the editor of a leading British newspaper to see if he can help uncover the truth… Watch this space.