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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.

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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.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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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Omosh reveals his pay while starting out at Tahidi High

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Comedian and actor Joseph Kinuthia popularly known as ‘Omosh’ from his role in Citizen TV’s program Tahidi High has opened up about how he landed the role and how much he was being paid per episode.

Before joining the program, Omosh was a garbage collector but in 2005, his elder sister Naomi Kamau told him to try out for the Tahidi Auditions.

“I worked as a garbage truck driver for five years until 2000,”  he said in the interview with Nation.

“Naomi always told me I had something special as an actor as she had watched me since childhood…I became ‘Omosh,’ a smart-aleck, know-it-all watchman and with my years working in the garbage dumps in the slums of Nairobi, I could not have been better suited for this part.” 

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While many actors in Kenyan have always started with a low amount, Omosh was lucky to be paid a considerable amount of money after enlisting.

“I was only getting paid 3,000 per episode, but I was giving the part the very best I could.” he said. 

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GSU man in Monica’s murder probe well trained

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A General Service Unit officer held over the murder of 28-year-old Monica Kimani is highly trained. Jennings Orlando, 31, belongs to the Recce Squad of GSU, which is based at Ruiru in Kiambu County.

Sources said Orlando was among dozens of officers attached to the US embassy and a member of the Special Programme for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR).

SPEAR is a team composed of GSU officers whose mission is to respond to critical incidents involving US mission facilities and personnel locally.

Currently, SPEAR teams support US diplomatic missions in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, Iraq, South Sudan, Tunisia, Nigeria and Kenya.

The SPEAR programme provides training for a quick-reaction force as well as movement security training, a master trainer programme, and equipment loans.

Orlando was arrested on Thursday and produced in a Kiambu court on Friday, where the prosecution requested to hold him for 14 days to conduct investigations into Monica’s murder

Orlando is a friend of Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, who has, alongside TV journalist Jacque Maribe, been charged with the September 19 murder.

Maribe and Irungu will appear in court on October 24 for their bail application hearing. Sources said Orlando could be used as a witness in the case if he co-operates with prosecution. Monica’s body was found in a bathtub in Lamuria Apartments in Kilimani, Nairobi, where she lived.

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Her throat was slit and hands tied to her back. Police suspect she was drugged before she was killed. The killer weapon, thought to be a knife, is yet to be recovered.

Also still missing are her house and car keys. Detectives are reconstructing Orlando’s movements before and after the night Monica was killed. Kiambu magistrate Justus Kituku on Friday directed that Orlando be presented in court on November 2.

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I had been messing around with a girl then found out she has HIV: Nick Odhiambo

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Radio presenter Nick Odhiambo has finally revealed the why he decided to shave his seven-year-old dreadlocks.

Speaking during K24’s Talk Central show hosted by Kalekye Mumo, Nick disclosed that he almost contacted HIV/AIDS after finding out that a girl he was ‘messing’ around with was HIV/AIDS positive.

I was messing around with this chic then after messing around for some time I found out that she has got HIV. Weh! Weh! Eeh! I went to the hospital I did all those tests and I said ‘God to give me another chance I will never let you down. Let me change my life,” said Nick.

It was then that he decided to accept change and approach life from a different angle. In October last year, the husky-voiced radio personality shaved his trademark dreadlocks.

I decided to cut off my dreads because it was October the cancer awareness month, I had changed jobs and some things had happened in my life and I decided to change everything. In 2017 something happened in my life and I said ‘Dear God I will not do this again,” he shared.

After verifying the hospital tests, an ecstatic Nick promised God he will change his ways and live according to his will and he will never let him down.

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Everything just started happening, I changed houses, changed girlfriends, the only thing I had remained was the job and the look. So I got a job at a Swahili station and as things were going on I just had to get rid of the look. That’s how the look changed,” he revealed.

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