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Plot thickens as Maribe arrested, sources reveal her fiancé ‘Jowie’ may have shot himself in attempted suicide



CITIZEN TV’s popular anchor, Jacque Maribe, was arrested on Saturday night in connection with the murder of Monica Kimani, the woman who was found killed – with her throat slit – in her apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani area, and her body dumped in a bathtub.

“She is now in custody as a suspect in the murder,” Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti told the media in Nairobi, soon after Maribe was whisked to Gigiri Police Station, where she will be detained until Monday.


Meanwhile, Citizen TV reports that it has obtained details from highly placed sources indicating that Joseph Irungu (Jowie) may have shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt inside his girlfriend’s house.

Revealing a new twist in the Monica Kimani murder investigations, sources also told the station at which Maribe works that the gun he may have used was discovered after a search of three houses.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti led a team of detectives on a near nightlong search at a house in Nairobi’s Buruburu estate.

The other two houses were that of Citizen TV news anchor Jackie Maribe’s house in Langata and her neigbhor’s house.

The puzzle of the gunshot wound under his shoulder has preoccupied officers for the last three days.

The owner of the gun, who police sources claim is one Brian Kassaine Spira, has also been arrested.

They further revealed that on a further search on Friday night, partially burnt clothes were discovered behind the house in Langata where the shooting occurred.

The remains of the clothing have been taken for DNA testing to see if they are the clothes Joseph Irungu was wearing during the shooting incident.

The motive of Monica Kimani’s murder which occurred in Kilimani, is yet to be established.

Maribe, accompanied by her lawyer, had gone back to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road to record another statement and spent the better part of Saturday with detectives until 6pm when a decision to detain her was arrived at.

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“We have sufficient evidence to charge her,” Kinoti said, “she will be in court on Monday.”

Maribe, a star news presenter at the Royal Media Services-owned Citizen TV, is the girlfriend to Joseph Irungu alias Jowie—a prime suspect in the murder, who was arrested last week and arraigned in court in Kiambu on Wednesday.

Jowie is Maribe’s fiance.

Police have been allowed ten days to detain him as they finalize investigations before formal charges over the brutal murder can be read out to him.

On Maribe, detectives interrogating her said they summoned her on Saturday to clarify about issues contained in statements recorded by a Jowie, their neighbour at Royal Park in Lang’ata and her housemaid.

“After speaking to the three, and looking at what Maribe had told us for the past two days, it was clear we needed her to come back,” one detective involved in the investigation said, “her statements are not adding up and that is why we had to take her in.”

The arrest also followed the recovery of some items in her house and that of a neighbour—including a pistol Jowie had been using—and which police said is not licensed to him. Jowie is said to specialise in providing close protection services to high profile individuals locally, after working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he worked as a private guard. Photos have lately surfaced of him walking side by side with politicians as a bodyguard while armed–an issue police said they are also investigating.

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Jackie, to whom he proposed at a colourful ceremony streamed live on Facebook and Instagram, is reported to have told police earlier that she had seen Jowie with a gun sometimes back, but did not provide it when asked to, until a search was conducted in her house and two neighbouring houses.

“We will not provide you with more details (about the investigation) for now, but what I can tell you is that the maid and neighbour are very helpful in this investigation. There is a breakthrough because we have the gun and some of the items including some money believed to have been taken from the deceased woman,” another detective said, speaking to us in confidence not to jeopardize the case that has attracted a lot of attention online due to Maribe’s social status.

Police have not disclosed the exact charges Maribe will face in court on Monday, but one detective said, “it is about the murder and nothing else. You don’t need to be at the scene (of crime) to be charged with murder.”

Maribe’s vehicle was also used by Jowie when he visited Monica’s house on the fateful night, and police say he did not indicate his name at the main gate.

Monica Kimani was stabbed to death in her apartment.

Jowie was arrested days later, following clues from an errand boy who had found him with Monica in the house, and police have since said he was indeed in the house after analyzing his phone records and his movements on the day. He had a wound on his shoulder which he claimed was a result of an attack in Lang’ata, which is also a subject of an investigation.

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Police have said they have evidence showing that he spent much of the night in Monica’s house and left after slitting her throat and dumping her body in the bath tub.

“From a casual analysis, he was not shot but we are waiting for a medical report from the doctors to confirm. It is possible he inflicted the wound himself to confuse us but we are smarter than that,” a senior homicide detective who interrogated him said.

The body of Monica, who operated her family business in South Sudan, was found in a bathtub, with her throat slit and her hands tied to the back.

Her family has confirmed that she was scheduled to visit Dubai to meet her South Sudanese boyfriend, with whom they were planning a wedding.

Her body was discovered by her brother, who had unsuccessfully tried to phone her and opted to visit her house, only to stumble on her body.

She was buried in their Nakuru home on Friday, and her father has pleaded with police to help them get justice.

“We want justice. It is so painful to lose my daughter just like that,” Monica’s father, Reverend Paul Ngarama said during her requiem mass in Thika, where he revealed that she had promised to buy him a Landcruiser V8. 


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Nairobi: Best African city to work in



Expatriates have voted in Nairobi as the best African city to work in. According to Expat City Ranking 2019, the residents are friendly and fair weather.

Nairobi is the 45th best city to work in, as stated by a survey conducted by InterNations, the largest community for expatriates.

“About 82 percent describe the locals (Nairobi residents) as friendly and 62 percent find it easy to make friends. The local climate and weather has been a top highlight for expat life, with 91 percent of expats rating this factor positively compared to 59 percent globally,” the report said.

South Africa’s Johannesburg ranked 59th globally, Cape Town (65th) and Nigeria’s Lagos (79th).

The respondents also cited that Nairobi is easy to settle in ranking third worldwide behind Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Manama in Bahrain.

InterNations has more than 3.5 million members, surveyed over 20,000 respondents in 82 cities around the globe in the 2019 ranking.


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Benachi flaunts car in a warm message on his struggles in Nairobi



US-based Kenyan singer Benson Ongachi alias Benachi is having the time of his life in North America since relocating and getting married to his wife , Joan.

The Mwanake hitmaker star has in past years not shielded away from showing his ups and downs and finally making it in the United States.

Benachi still sings and is an occasional minister in Donald Trump’s new-age America and has a travel catalog that stretches through Dallas, Atlanta and New York among other cities.

He is happy with his achievements, he resides in a cozy neighborhood and once in a while shares bits of it and experience with his wife.

The recent post he shared how he struggled to break through the music industry while in Nairobi.

“Nilitembea sana nikihustle Nairobi,kupiga root 11 ju ya kukosa bus fare. I never thought that one day I will be able to own a car. Enyewe you don’t know about tomorrow. God is Good, God is faithful,” he wrote.

He added: “Struggles are part of life, but they are not a totality of what life entails. So we must remember to discover all the other ingredients that make life worth living. Victory belongs to Jesus.”

He hit the limelight when he did a collabo with the late Kaberere in 2014 following the release of mwanake.

The couple also has a daughter, Olivia.

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‘Help me beg for forgiveness,’ – Nyota Ndogo thrown out by her husband



Mombasa based artiste Nyota Ndogo spent the night in the cold after being thrown out by her mzungu husband over disrespect.

Nyota had told her husband to wear a dera, a unisex cloth worn by people from the coastal region but he did not take it lightly.

‘I gave my husband a dera to wear, I told him that here in Africa a dera is worn by both men and women. I did not even know how I found myself outside. I did not even know that I could run this fast, but it is so cold outside I can’t deal with it. Let me go and try beg my husband from the window. I was only joking, maybe I should tag him so that you can help me beg him to let me into the house,’ Nyota Ndogo said.

Her post, written in Swahili read: “Nimempa mume wangu Dera avae nimemwambia huku africa tunatumia dera kulalia waume kwa wake hata sijui nimefika nje vipi sikujua naweza kua na mbio hivyo lakini hii baridi hapa nje ndio yanishinda ngoja nikabembeleze kwa dirisha ilikua matani tu sijui nimtag munisaidie niingie ndani.”

Nyota Ndogo

Just days ago, she posted something on her social media that left more question than answers saying even if she got dumped she would get married over and over again.

‘I cannot stay in a marriage that has no peace.

I cannot stay in a marriage where I am constantly getting trouble just to show people that I am OKay.

I Cannot stay in a marriage where I am being oppressed just because I have a husband who has money.

If I am dumped I will get married again and again and again and again. Even twenty times if need be.’


‘Don’t be a person that constantly cries foul don’t mind being laughed at keep your happiness first.

At the end of the day I pray that God sustains my marriage for 100 years because I love this man.’

Nyota Ndogo

Her post continued, “Siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa isiokua na Amani.siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ninayo pata tabu ili kuonyesha watu AM OK AND AM NOT.

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siwezi kukaa kwenye ndoa ya mateso kisa nipo na mume mwenye pesa nikiondoka ntateseka sasa najiganda tu haponikionyesha watu tabasamu la uongo.ya mwisho NIKIACHIKA NITAOLEWA TENA NA TENA NA TENA NA TENA. HATA MARA ISHIRINI.usiwe mtu wa kulia lia usijali kuchekwa jali furaha yako.MWISHO WA SIKU NAMUOMBA MUNGU AILINDE NDOA YANGU MIAKA MIA MOJA COUSE I LOVE THIS MAN.

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