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Police arrest TV anchor Jacque Maribe’s fiancé in connection with Kilimani murder

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Detectives have arrested the fiancé of a top TV anchor over the murder of a woman whose lifeless body was found in a bathtub in her house in Kilimani last Thursday.

The suspect Joseph Kuria Irungu, alias Joe Jowi, is believed to be one of the men who tied and killed 29 year-old Monica Nyawira Kimani on Thursday in her apartment in Kilimani Estate.

Her throat had been slit.

Mr Irungu got engaged to TV anchor  Jacque Maribe in July at a colourful ceremony that was streamed live on Instagram.

GUNSHOT WOUND

Police have also questioned Jacque Maribe after she admitted she had taken him to hospital on Friday with a gunshot wound.

According to the police, the suspect reported to Langata Police Station that he was shot by unknown people after he had dropped the journalist on Friday morning at Royal Park Estate.

A source privy to the investigation of the murder of Monica say that the suspect’s mobile phone was traced to Luciane Apartments, on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road, the house where she was found dumped in a bathtub and with the water still running.

Police sources say an analysis of Irungu’s mobile phone data shows that he communicated with the deceased, arranged and her picked from the airport and drove her to her house at Kilimani estate.

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A neighbour told detectives that he saw a man dressed in a kanzu leave the deceased’s house on the night she died. The neighbor positively identified him at a police parade on Tuesday morning.

Coincidentally, the deceased was scheduled to travel to Dubai were the suspect works as a security guard for vacation on the day her body was found in the apartment.

Police have also interviewed the news anchor, to try and corroborate the story.

Detectives handling the case say that his story does not match because there were no gunshots reported on the night he says he was shot.

GUARDS INTERVIEWED

They have interviewed the guards who were on duty and none of them heard any gunshots on that night.

“We have not established the motive of the shooting. No spent cartridge was recovered at the scene but the probe is ongoing,” said an officer aware of the incident.

The deceased, who used to live alone, is said to have last been seen on Wednesday night in the company of her two friends.

Relatives had to break into the apartment after she failed to pick phone calls.

“I came to check on her since my mother had called and she wasn’t picking. I sent her a message but she never replied yet we were to meet, since,” said a relative.

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The relatives say Monica had just returned from South Sudan where she runs a family business.

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  1. Christine

    September 25, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Looks like our girls are an endangered species. May God bring the killers to light and may justice prevail.
    RIP beautiful!

  2. Terry

    September 26, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Why Drag Jackie’s name in this mess? The boyfriend did the crime, not her. And She is your headline then mention his name later in the story?

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Ignore the nonsense, Ruto says on widening Jubilee rift

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While it is obvious the UhuRuto union is tottering on the brink of total collapse, Deputy President William Ruto  has once again come out to term media reports of the rift as ‘paid-for propaganda nonsense’.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, the once vibrant principal assistant to the head of state, who was always seen by the President’s side, played down questions raised on his apparent absence in nearly all presidential excursions these days.

The latest occurrence was on Thursday, when the DP was a no-show at State House, Mombasa, when President Uhuru Kenyatta met security chiefs.

Sources indicated Ruto was at the Coast but missed the meeting between Uhuru and 24 governors.But in his tweet Ruto denied it, saying ” I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.”

William Samoei Ruto, PhD

@WilliamsRuto

Kenyans should ignore this choreographed, paid-for propaganda nonsense. I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.

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A week ago, Ruto was locked out of his official residence in Mombasa, which is just metres away from State House. This came days after he was denied clearance to fly straight to Mombasa from Botswana to meet the President.
The UhuRuto rift has sucked in Ruto’s footsoldiers who are facing heat that range from being denied access to presidential functions to getting sacked or demoted.

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In his latest Cabinet reshuffle, whose announcement was made in the absence of the DP, Uhuru sacked Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri who is considered a Ruto sympathiser.
Going by the challenges experienced in the docket during Kiunjuri’s tenure, one would say his sacking was expected; however, being Ruto’s strong supporter may have inked the pen.
On Tuesday, Tangatanga politicians were denied access to an Uhuru event in Nakuru, yet another perk of being pro-Ruto.
Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika were blocked from entering the Rift Valley Regional Headquarters Grounds where the President was issuing title deeds.Kihika tweeted, “I am utterly shocked. Why would I be barred from a function being graced by my President at my home county?”
Despite these telling occurrences Ruto insists his road to the presidency in 2022 is clear.
The rift in Jubilee started widening after the March 9, 2018 Handshake, when Uhuru signed a deal with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Following the unity deal and the developing Jubilee cracks, new tendrils begun to sprout where politicians opposed to the bromance started running their campaigns under the euphemism tangatanga while those who support it called themselves Kieleweke.
It is unclear whether Ruto’s woes are strengthening his political muscle or hurting his 2022 ambitions. What is clear though is that the DP’s popularity in parts of the Mt Kenya region has been growing.
Reports also indicate that his plan for 2022 seems to be on course, the only thorn in his flesh may be calls for a referendum that have emanated from BBI, which he claims has been hijacked by ODM to craft its 2022 political line up.

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UPDATE: The late Eric Mwangi Thumbi of Atlanta to be buried this Sunday

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We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for standing with the Thumbi family after the promotion to glory of Eric Mwangi. God bless you for your continuing prayers, encouragement and financial gifts!

Funeral Services will be held Sunday Jan 19th starting at 2pm at West Cobb Funeral Home.
Address: 2480 Macland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064

Mwangi will be laid to rest afterwards at 3pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Eric was a beloved son to Elder Gathara Thumbi and Apostle Nyambura Thumbi .
Brother to Malkia Mumbi Hornsby, Anthony Mwangi Thumbi, Anne Wangui Thumbi , Mumbi Rehema Thumbi and Muthoni Wangui Thumbi. Brother in love to Kazha Hornsby, and Hannah Nyambura Mwangi . Uncle to Makena Hornsby. He rested on Tuesday Evening 1/7/2020 .

God bless you!

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Magoha revokes appointment of Prof Kiama as UoN VC

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By JUDITH GICOBI

George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, on Friday disbanded the University of Nairobi Council and nullified the appointment of Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama to the position of the Vice-Chancellor of the university “until the ongoing consultative process of choosing acting VC is finalized.”

In a statement from the CS, Prof Kiama will keep serving as the Deputy VC, Human Resource and Administration at the university.

In place of Prof Kiama, Magoha appointed Deputy VC (Finance, Planning and Development) Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche to serve as acting Vice-chancellor in the meantime.

The disbandment of the council is linked to fight between the Ministry of Education and the university council after it emerged that the Ministry had a preferred candidate.

Those who did not make the interview cut included Prof Duke Omondi Otara, Prof Maurice Amutabi, Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege, Prof Julius Onyango Ochuodho, Prof Collins Ogutu Miruka and Prof Shitanda Douglas.

According to the PSC advert, candidates for the VC position were required to be full professors and holders of an earned doctorate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.

The candidates were also required to have at least 15 years of academic research and managerial experience at a senior level in a university or equivalent institution.

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They were required to prove scholarly records demonstrated by publications in internationally peer reviewed journals, monographs, books and book chapters in their areas of specialisation, and supervision and mentorship of masters and doctoral students,” read the advertisement by PSC.

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