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Jacob Juma, Cheryl Kitonga top Google search list in May

Slain businessman Jacob Juma was the most searched person on Google in Kenya last month.

The drama surrounding Mr Juma’s brutal death and his eventual burial attracted the highest amount of traffic on Google’s search engine in May.

Mr Juma was found shot dead in his car on Southern By-Pass off Ngong Road on May 5 at 9pm. Opposition leaders claimed he had been killed by a police hit squad. Investigations are still ongoing.

The second most searched person was Cheryl Kitonga, a university student who was the last person seen with Mr Juma. Her identify was revealed in an investigative series by a local TV station that traced her movement with Mr Juma to the city centre on the night of the murder.

The series by KTN’s Jicho Pevu and The lead elicited debate across social media platforms.

Cheryl Kitonga. PHOTO | FILE
Cheryl Kitonga. PHOTO | FILE

Kenyans also searched for information about Swiss professional footballer Granit Xhaka who was recently signed by English football club Arsenal. The 23 year-old plays for German football club Borussia Monchengladbach and was signed for 25 million pounds.

Former Cabinet Minister Soita Shitanda was fourth on the list of most trending searches following his death while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital.

Former Housing Minister Soita Shitanda. PHOTO | FILE
Former Housing Minister Soita Shitanda. PHOTO | FILE

The former Malava Member of Parliament had been admitted at the hospital for two weeks before he succumbed to the illness on Tuesday, 24 May.

Kenyans also wanted to know more about rubella – an infection caused by the rubella virus. The infection trended after the Ministry of Health announced that it would be conducting a vaccination drive across the country’s 47 counties.

The Catholic and Legio Maria churches had claimed the government was out to reduce the population through elements of family planning in the vaccines.

Singer Mwanaisha Abdalla, commonly known as Nyota Ndogo, with her Danish husband Henning Nielson. PHOTO | COURTESY
Singer Mwanaisha Abdalla, commonly known as Nyota Ndogo, with her Danish husband Henning Nielson. PHOTO | COURTESY

Other trending searches were Mother’s Day, Chikungunya – an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus, Mombasa based musician Nyota Ndogo – who recently wedded a Danish man –  and former boxer Conjestina Achieng.

Most Trending Searches

  1. 1. Jacob Juma
    2. Cheryl Kitonga
    3. Granit Xhaka
    4. Soita shitanda
    5. Rubella
    6. Mother’s day
    7. Chikungunya
    8. Nyota Ndogo
    9. Conjestina Achieng