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

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Citizen TV celebrity anchor Jacque Maribe is now unlikely to be charged as an accomplice to murder but could, instead, become a star prosecution witness against her fiance, Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, Kenya’s Star Newspaper is reporting.

“This is because she has recanted her earlier statement to police explaining how Irungu was shot. Irungu is the prime suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Nyawira in Kilimani. He denies wrongdoing,” notes the paper.

This comes as some Kenyans have taken to social media to express their disappointment with “the shoddy attempt of cover up  a murder most foul,” with even some Smart Aleckses weighing in.

Laura Wangari Layla says: They’re a disgrace to any heist agenda.

Terry Terry writes on Facebook:  Honestly, if you wanna be a badass criminal, stop watching Nigerian movies where people die before the bullet reaches them or limp using left leg when he was shot on the right one jameni. You will be caught.”

Anonymous writes: “Jowie, Maribe and Kassaine are a disgrace to criminals around the world. This is what happens when you are busy partying instead of watching CSI.”

Jacquie Migide: I was sooooo disappointed as well! Who fills up a gun hole in the wall with wheat flour? 🙄

Catherine Riungu: And I hasten to add….they are amateur kirimonos.

With the retraction, Maribe may now testify against Irungu who faces charges of murder and attempted suicide.

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Maribe is still locked up in a cell after a Kiambu court on Monday allowed police to hold her for 10 days. In the new statement, she has detailed how Irungu attempted to commit suicide at their Royal Park estate home in Lang’ata. He shot himself in the chest, she said.

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Maribe demolished the explanation by Irungu that he was shot by criminals on a motorbike, while the two were driving home on the night of September 20.

Earlier, in a self-recorded statement, which was presented to Kilimani DCI officers, Maribe detailed how she and her fiance were trailed by gunmen, whom she accused of shooting Irungu.

A similar report had been filed at the Lang’ata police station by Maribe and Irungu, blaming the motorbike criminals for the shooting.

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Maribe first appeared before Kilimani DCI chief Fatuma Hadi on September 27 in the company of her father. She was interrogated by the DCI chief for close to two hours and directed to report to the DCI homicide investigators who have taken up the probe.

Last Friday, hours before DCI chief George Kinoti ordered Maribe’s arrest, she changed her story and presented to investigators her second account, which police now consider to be most credible.

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“The investigators received her self-recorded statement, which they used to further press her for answers on areas that they wanted addressed,” a police source said.

Police say it was Maribe who pointed them to her bedroom, where the investigators observed a gunshot mark on the wall. She told them how she had used flour paste to try and cover the mark.

Yesterday, investigators said they were using her latest statement to follow other clues. At the Lang’ata police station where the attempted suicide of Irungu is being probed, the investigators were last evening winding up their work.

So far, they have received statements of Brian Kassaine, a neighbour and a mutual friend who revealed how Irungu attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself with his (Kassaine’s) gun.

He also told investigators how Irungu had earlier gone to his house seeking paraffin when he wanted to burn some clothes.

Police arrested Kassaine at the weekend after his gun was linked to Irungu’s shooting. The gun was later hidden in the ceiling of his house.

A second neighbour, also familiar with Maribe and Irungu, has told police the two quarrelled frequently.

The Star contributed to this report

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Man who lost wife, children in Ethiopian plane crash to testify in US

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A man who lost his wife, three children and his mother-in-law in the ET302 Ethiopian Airline crash in March this year will today testify before the congress in the US.

Mr Paul Njoroge, 34, in an interview with US media said Boeing should scrap the plane and the top executives should resign and face criminal charges.

The distraught Kenyan said Boeing should have grounded the 737 Max planes after a previous deadly crash off the Indonesian Coast in October last year, but instead they kept allowing them in the sky.

USA Today reported that Mr Njoroge said if Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration had done their job properly, the planes would have been grounded in November last year.

“Today, I would be enjoying summer with my family, I would be playing football with my son,” the US news site quoted him.

Mr Njoroge will be the first relative of the crash victims to testify before the congress, over the crash that claimed the lives of 346 passengers when the two planes crashed in Indonesia and Bishoftu in Ethiopia.

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He had earlier said that the families of the passengers had several demands that they wanted met before the aircraft model is allowed to fly again, citing ‘irredeemable design flaws’

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A Chicago aviation lawyer, Robert Clifford, is sueing Boeing on Mr Njoroge’s behalf over the deaths of his wife, Carol, his son and daughters, 6-year-old Ryan, 4-year-old Kelli and 9-month-old Rubi, and his mother-in-law.

The Max was grounded worldwide shortly after that crash and it’s not clear when it will be certified to fly again.

American Airlines and United Airlines earlier this month both said they will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off their schedule until November 3, leading to flight cancellations.

Mr Njoroge’s mother in law Anne Wangui Karanja, his wife and three children perished as they were coming home from Canada to introduce the youngest member of the family to Anne’s husband, Quindos Karanja in Kwa Amos village, Kabatini, in Bahati, Nakuru County.

Anne had been living in Canada for five months, where she had gone to help her daughter, after giving birth and had two other young children to take care of.

Source:nairobinews

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Body positivity: Kenyan celebrities who ignored body-shamers

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A number of celebrities have come forth preaching body positivity as they encourage women to love and embrace their bodies no matter what society thinks of them.

However, the internet is crawling with body-shamers who, like hyenas that have caught the scent of blood, are out to put down anyone whose body they deem unfit.

In a video shared her Instagram, media personality Lynda Nyangweso opened up about being body shamed. “Somebody called me whale,” she said in the video. “The meanest comment I ever got was that I didn’t deserve to have a child because of how I looked.

“When I was young, I would never eat in public. People would stare at me when I ate that I started eating in the toilet,” she confessed, her voice shaking as she recalled those hurtful moments.

The shaming got so bad that Lynda even contemplated suicide: “The only reason I didn’t go through with the suicide was because I worried that my mum wouldn’t find a coffin that fit me.”

Like Lynda, some celebrities have not let this cyber-bullying get to them. They are unashamed to wear what they like, take photos and even share them on social media all in an effort to put the shamers to shame.

“My sadness is for other girls who have to go through this,” Lynda says.

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“If I was to meet a bully I would show kindness. Stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Protect your peace,” she concludes.

Source:SDE

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Man loses leg in attack by hyena

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A middle-aged man from Kyeleni village has lost his right leg after being mauled by a hyena on Monday night. Sources indicate the man, now admitted to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, encountered the beast on his way home from a local shopping center.

He was later rescued by passers-by who rushed to the scene of the attack after he unleashed frantic screams.It is suspected that the beast strayed from Mt Kilimambogo’s Ol Donyo Sabuk National Reserve.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Polycarp Okuku who confirmed the incident said the victim was in a stable condition.

“The patient is recuperating in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Members of the public should report any wild animals they see in their neighbourhoods so that KWS can take necessary action to avert incidents such as this,” said Okuku

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