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Friends say Jacque Maribe’s bumpy ride started with covering Jubilee campaigns

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Had newscaster Jacque Maribe not been in a cell, and had the murder of Monica Kimani not have plunged her into trouble with authorities, the journalist could be preparing to pop up on TV screens later today.

If this was an ordinary Friday for her, she would have headed to her workplace along Dennis Pritt Road, her station for more than five years, preparing to read the prime time news this evening.

Colleagues say that at her workplace, Ms Maribe is not the person who crosses people’s paths. A senior figure at Citizen TV did not wish to discuss much about her when contacted.

‘HAS NO PRESSURE’

“She is just a good person,” said the colleague. “She is a good, easy going person who has no pressure; who knows what she is supposed to do.”

Another reporter, who has been with Ms Maribe at the political desk at the station for some time, said she is a woman who has a “very good relationship with everyone in the newsroom”.

But there are fellow journalists who believe Ms Maribe’s involvement in covering Jubilee Party campaigns may have placed her on a bumpy course.

A former television reporter said the campaigns for the 2017 General Election created a detour for Ms Maribe’s life, and her public persona as the journalist covering President Uhuru Kenyatta’s functions brought a mixed bag of goodies.

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One symptom of this, the ex-reporter said, is the frequenting of entertainment joints patronised by moneyed city dwellers, among them B-Club in Nairobi’s Kilimani.

But one close colleague of hers disputed the claim that Ms Maribe changed due to the campaigns, noting that she had covered even the 2013 rallies and come out focused.

MORE EXPERIENCE

“She was put there because she had more experience in covering political campaigns,” the colleague said.

On her Instagram account are snapshots of a bubbly mother of one who is proud of her moments at work and outside. In between the photos of her, taken in various areas and with various personalities, she has been uploading quotes on various realities of life.

One quote reads: “To win a moral victory at the expense of your sanity is dumb.”

Another says: “Having a soft heart in a cruel world is courage, not weakness.”

That the world is cruel is a fact one of her colleagues pointed out, else there would not be the many “baseless” rumours being posted about her. Time will tell how her courage will measure up against the twists and turns of the case.

Ms Maribe is in custody at the Gigiri Police Station following orders issued on Monday by Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku. Police treat her as a suspect regarding the September 19 murder of 28-year-old Monica Kimani.

READ ALSO:   Citizen TV anchor Maribe released on bail, fiancé Jowie to stay in prison

Detectives suspect there is a criminal motive in Ms Maribe’s actions with and around Joseph “Jowie” Irungu, her fiancé who is also the main suspect in Ms Kimani’s murder.

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Mr Irungu proposed to Ms Maribe in June and photos of the moment lit up the social media. Before then, she had been rumoured to be in a relationship with Dennis Itumbi, a key communications figure in the Uhuru-Ruto government.

“A great person; a friend who sacrifices all for friends,” said Itumbi. Body language experts may not have much material to gauge what was going on in her mind as she relayed the news as she wore the signature coy face and steely pose that news anchors are known to strike.

Ms Maribe worked at two TV stations before joining Royal Media Services. Last year, she received a Head of State Commendation from the President.

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Travel blogger Susan Wong leaves Capital Fm

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Travel blogger Susan Wong has announced her departure from Capital FM where she worked as the lifestyle editor.

She announced the news to her fans on Wednesday talking about her time working for Capital FM for the last eight years.

“Capital FM is not just my workplace, but over the years, it has been my home and a challenging space that has sharpened and moulded me into the person I am today. @CapitalFMKenya is my family and I leave with incredible lifelong friendships and memories that I’ll cherish forever,” tweeted Ms Susan.

She however did not say what plans she has next.

Susan is popularly known for her blog posts on travel capturing different cities around the world for their beauty and tourism appeal.

She also hosted an online show with fashion blogger This is Ess called ‘Our 2cents’ that highlighted different issues.

Her fans on Twitter were saddened by the move and this is what they had to say.

Rumie Lo tweeted, “You will be missed… when Susan would say “especially” in the our2cents videos…. onwards and upwards Susan.”

Tony BonMbugua said, “You had very in-depth and interesting articles on lifestyle topics… Also, this video is quite sth all the best.

Samih_st wrote, “Godspeed Ma’am” while Anthony ndong commented, “All the best Susan in your future endeavours keep inspiring.”

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Actress Nyce Wanjeri lays it bare on problems that rocked her marriage, leading to divorce

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Nyce Wanjeri, formerly of hit show Auntie Boss, has opened up on her crumbled marriage to Titus Wagithomo.

Speaking to Radio Jambo, Wanjeri said that she is not yet ready to disclose everything, but their nine-year marriage was stretched due to a myriad of issues including disrespect.

She said that their relationship started showing cracks as they clocked seven years together, and when it reached its boiling point in 2018, she could not take it anymore.

“Mizozano huanza, Yetu ilianza tukielekea seven years. Ilkua ngumu kwanza ju pocketwise hatukua sawa lakini tulikua tunapush each other. Fanya hivi nifanye hivi tulete mezani. Tulipatana Kenya National Theatre… Alikua ashakaa mwaka mimi nilikuja nyuma yake. Tulikua na stories similar kidogo lakini wakati miaka saba inaelekea unakuta pia wewe unagrow; kuna mtoto ananiita mama, kuna mtoto anamwita baba.

“Tukiingia seven years pesa kidogo ndizo zinaanza kuingia. Kulikua na disrespect before, but wakati huo ndio nilianza kufeel ugumu kidogo. I am very spiritual. Niliomba sana na tukaweza kuweka utofauti kando na tukaendelea vizuri.

“Then sometime last year, vitu havikua vinaenda vizuri. 2018 wasn’t such a good year. Nikaona siwezi. Tuliongea kama watu wazima.

“Did you involve both your parents in a bid to bring you together?” Posed radio host Massawe Japanni.

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“Kwanza mimi sina wazazi. My mom passed in 2016, my dad was 2004.Wale naangalia sana kama wazai ni my uncles; wananisupport na kuniombea pia…Sohatunge ingisha wazazi sana kwa vile hajawahi kuja kwetu hajawahi ona watu wetu.. Hakuingia but kulikua na hio mipango….

“Why didn’t he?” Japanni pressed further.

“Sijui, nimeuliza hio swala mara kadhaa, kila mwaka, mbona hatuendi…Alinitambulisha kwao lakini cha muhimu pia wazazi wangu watauliza msichana wao alienda wapi…Si kwa ubaya lakini ni tatizo. Pia hio sio reason ya wanawake ya kutaka kutoka kwa ndoa at ju jajakuja kwenu au hajatoa mahari,” she added.

Wanjeri affirmed that their marriage was over.

“Kwa hapo ni vitu kadhaa, zenye ziko ready kwa saa hii kuzitoa lakini ni vitu ambavyo kama mwanamke zingeweza.

“Ya kwanza nimesema ni disrespect… watu wengi waliingilia hii kitu kulingana na ile iliwekwa wakasema ashafika, ashapata pesa, ashaenda Nigeria, ashakua success. Kitambo walikua pamoja leo hii hawako juu ya hio success. Mimi husema hivi pesa huja na huisha, amaterial things are nothing. Kitu ya maana ni je kuna upendo na heshima?”

 “Kwa keli tumeachana, vile alisema tumeachana ni kweli tumeachana…kila ndoa ina matatizo yake na kila mtu ana ako na ile kitu inaleta problems; sitaki kiusema ni mashindano kwa vile watu ambo wanshare blanketi moja hujui, mambo mengi hufanyika.

“Na pia kwenye hii industry yetu kuna ile naita disrespect. If mtu amekudesrespect leo, kesho, kesho kutwa na hiachange pia wewe kama mtu kuna wakati itafika utachoka…. Ukiangalia kivyako unaona either unanyanyzwa hapa kila naambia watu

“Inafika wakati mtu anachoka na unakua kiakili, ushakua mtu mzima kuna vitu vingine you can’t take.

News of the breakup became public after Wagithomo made the revelations on Facebook.

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“Why am I using Facebook? My marriage is over. So painful I swear. I saw it coming though. Success causes absenteeism, lack of bonding and lack of family time. Why did I imagine we last forever? We are both artists. It’s not normal. It doesn’t work,” wrote Wagithomo.

He later hastily pulled down the post.

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Mvita bae is calling: MP leaves Kenyan women drooling over weight loss photos

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Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir has shared before and after photos of himself that has left his followers in awe.

It all started after the MP wanted to Skydive while holidaying in Dubai in 2014 but got rejected in each and every venue because of his weight. Most parachutes are made to hold up to 120kg for men but he was 10 Kgs past the limit.

“They said, ‘You are overweight. You won’t defy gravity and the parachute won’t hold you’,” he recalls.

From this encounter, the MP vowed to work out and get his sexy back, managing to cut from 130Kgs to 84Kgs. Now he’s ranges around that weight and he has always encouraged people to live a healthy lifestyle.

Abdulswamad now has a hot body, and, as expected, Kenyan women are swarming trying to get his number. On social media, women have been openly confessing their lust over the 45-year-old married politician

 

During his free time, Abdulswamad undertakes a lot of charity work. Through, the Sharrif Nassir foundation, a non-profitable organization, Abdulswamad supports the needy members of the society.

He is one of the most influential and richest men in the coast region. He also does shipping and logistics businesses. Besides that Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Radio Rahma.

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