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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.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: What Maribe told police on Monica's murder which she reported about at Citizen

“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.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Jowie writes to JSC, wants judge sacked over ‘woman eater’ tag

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.

READ ALSO:   BREAKING: Maribe throws fiance Jowi under the bus, says he shot himself point blank

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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Absentee West Pokot deputy governor put on the spot




Senators have requested West Pokot MCAs to impeach the deputy governor Nicholas Atudonyang, who has been working as a doctor in Texas since 2018.

The Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee in a dire recommendation stated on Wednesday that impeachment would help solve the situation.

“We would like to request West Pokot county assembly to organize impeachment as a last resort to the pending problem, as expected by the law,” stated Moses Kajwang, the committee’s chairman.

The committee decided after over John Lonyangapuo wrote to the county assembly, and copied to Senate regarding working with an absentee deputy governor.

According to the committee, the only provision by the law is an impeachment of the deputy who has absconded duty for almost two years.

The Constitution clearly states the office of the deputy becomes vacant if he resigns in writing to the governor, die, or fails to appear for elections.

Additionally, it states that the office becomes vacant after the individual is arrested and jailed for 12 months or impeached by the county assembly.

Since he was sworn in, Atudonyang hasn’t been in the country. Close sources reveal that he practises medicine in the United States. He has however continued earning money from the public cash box as assistant governor

READ ALSO:   UNMASKED: The secret life of murder suspect Joseph Irungu (Jowi)

The deputy governor is a family medicine practitioner in Allen, Texas. Othe reports state that he works as a neurosurgeon, while others believe that he was sourcing medical equipment for West Pokot hospitals and working without pay.

Lonyangapuo last year defended his deputy before a senate committee saying he was away taking care of his premature baby, and he was also away on medical grounds.

At the same time, the Kajwang led committee wrote to Nairobi’s governor Mike Sonko regarding appointing a new deputy governor.

Lonyangapuo’s deputy last visited the country in December 2018, as explained by the West Pokot county boss to the Senate Investments Committee and County Public Accounts.

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DP Ruto hits at rivals, ‘deep state’ yet again 




Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday 24 September 2020 dared his rivals aiming for the Presidential seat in the coming general elections stating that his camp was more than ready to tackle them even if it is before 2022.

Addressing a huge crowd in Kajiado County, the DP who was accompanied by almost 50 Members of Parliament stated that those who want to go against his camp in the 2022 general elections must be ready.

While referring to his camp and supporters as the ‘Hustler nation’, he stressed out that his rivals should stop using fear and intimidation and give Kenyans hope and vision for the country.

“The hustler nation is ready, even if the election is held tomorrow. Those who want to face us must also be ready. We don’t want them to keep selling us fear and intimidation. We want hopes and a vision for this country,” he said.

DP Ruto stated that his people were not scared of the ‘system’ or the godfather as they are united and prepared.

“They keep saying they have the system and the deep state. Others say they want people who have a godfather but we want them to know hustlers are prepared, united, and they have God the father. Watajua hawajui,” he added.

READ ALSO:   Maribe arrives at a wedding in a chopper accompanied by Moses Kuria

Earlier this week, Ruto’s allies from the Western region lead by Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa called out Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for using police officers to intimidate them and disrupt their public functions.

The DP’s allies claimed that police officers have been unfairly arresting politicians linked to him while leaving out those close to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga.

Late last month, Nyali MP Mohamed Ali blasted Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji daring them to arrest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family and those close to him.

He claimed that the two offices were focused on harassing and arresting leaders linked to the DP.

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Uhuru responds to Maraga’s calls on Parliament dissolution




President Uhuru Kenyatta has broken silence regarding the contentious issue of two-thirds gender rule in Kenya following Chief Justice David Maraga’s advice to him to dissolve the Parliament.

The CJ claimed that the Parliament had failed to enact the two-thirds gender rule, saying it had clearly disregarded the Kenyan 2010 Constitution.

However, the President refuted the claims and maintained that his government was fully focused on empowering women.

The Head of State was speaking while addressing the Military during the passing out parade for recruits at the Moi Barracks in Eldoret County, on Thursday, September 24.

Uhuru observed that several female soldiers had completed their training alongside their male counterparts, indicating that his administration is working to empower women.

A day ago, The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga advised the President to consult widely before making a decision on the dissolution of Parliament.

The Former Prime Minister acknowledged that the advisory placed the nation and Kenya’s citizens in an unstable constitutional and political state that calls for careful deliberation before any action was taken.

The President also lauded the Military for its discipline, which he stated had been demonstrated through its efforts to fight the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in barracks.

READ ALSO:   BREAKING: Maribe throws fiance Jowi under the bus, says he shot himself point blank

He was also pleased with the Defense Forces’ efforts to their professional support and concern towards his government.

The Commander in Chief of the armed forces also observed that the Military was devoted to curbing terrorism and mourned those who died in the line of duty and wished the new recruits success in their endeavors.

Meanwhile, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has given President Uhuru a 21-day ultimatum to dissolve the Parliament as advised by the CJ.

LSK President Nelson Havi said both Houses of Parliament would be operating illegally from October 21 following the Chief Justice’s advisory.

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