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.
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.
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.
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.
“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