Julie Ward: A father’s 23-year search for justice


The mystery of Julie Ward's death has never been solved, and that is why, on a particularly cold evening earlier this month, her father, Mr John Ward, sat in his spic-and-span Nairobi Serena Hotel room, typing passionately on his laptop as an air conditioner hummed restlessly over his head.

What you need to know:

  • Evil, deceit, and more evil: Equity is the bedrock of any democracy, says Mr John Allan Ward, father of murdered British tourist Julie Ann Ward.
  • If men in government are allowed to corrupt their nation’s police and security services, and manipulate judges and lawyers to do their illegal bidding, every citizen will suffer the consequences.
  • Over the years, the Ward family has experienced every possible emotion, but mostly hope and despair as a result of failure and limited success in their quest for truth and justice.
  • They have survived, although Mr Ward still finds it difficult to speak about the moment he found Julie’s severed leg lying in the Mara

The only testimony that English tourist Julie Ann Ward, 28, had entered the Maasai Mara Game Reserve was her left leg, lower jaw, and a curly lock of her hair, which were recovered 13 days after she was reported missing.


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