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I loved Jowie but he should carry his own cross – Maribe



Murder suspect Jacque Maribe now claims she is standing trial only because of her romantic relationship with co-accused Joseph Irungu alias Jowie.

​The two are charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

In an affidavit responding to the prosecution’s application to deny her bail, Ms Maribe said she was an innocent lover and should not be held responsible for Mr Irungu’s actions.

She said her bail application should be considered on its own merit without factoring in her fiance’s conduct.

The journalist also sent a condolence message to Monica’s family, saying she was praying for their peace of mind.

She stated that she could not account for Irungu’s movements and who he associated with.

“The only reasons I am standing trial are that I was in love with a person the prosecution have interest in. I allowed him to come live in my house and I allowed him to use my vehicle. There is no witness or forensic material to associate me with the murder,” Ms Maribe said.

Monica was killed on the night of September 19 at her Kilimani home in Nairobi.

Maribe regretted the prosecution’s decision to charge her with murder on account of her relationship with Irungu even when there was no evidence placing her at the crime scene.

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“Irungu was my fiancé as at then and in the circumstances, I definitely communicated with him. It is most unfair to use the communication between me and him in the given circumstances of our then existing relationship as a reason to deny me bail,” she argued.

On the prosecution’s claims that her house was a secondary crime scene, which she could interfere with if released on bail, Maribe said she had already surrendered it to investigators and had no intention of going there.

She said she was not home at the time the prosecution claims Irungu burned some clothes to allegedly destroy evidence.

“Any of his actions are not necessarily sanctioned or attributed to me. I was not there if there was any burning. I personally was not aware and did not endorse or authorise any burning of anything,” she said.

She stated that the spot where the prosecution says the fire was lit was not in her compound.

On claims that her car was located at Monica’s residence on the night she was murdered, Maribe stated that it was common knowledge that Irungu was her fiancé and used her car but that she could not account for the places he went with it.

She also denied being arrested or switching off her phone when investigators were looking for her, stating that all her relatives, friends and colleagues accessed and spoke to her on that day.

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Maribe further dismissed claims that she would interfere with witnesses on account of her high profile status, saying her humble circumstances had been exaggerated and that her personal standing in society should not be used as a basis to deny her bail.


DCI officer accused of raping woman



A senior police officer accused of sexually assaulting a female suspect was arrested on Tuesday in Mutunduri, Embu.

Embu police boss Daniel Rukunga said the officer from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations is being held for questioning and will be arraigned.

The woman was raped at Manyatta Police Station where she was being held after she was arrested on fraud claims.

She is recuperating at the Embu Level Five Hospital after undergoing a surgery.

The woman was arrested on Saturday and booked into a cell after a resident complained that she had conned him some cash.

The following day, the officer summoned her into his office where he reportedly raped her.

The victim screamed for help and the officer let her go. She reported the matter at the same police station.

Nominated MCA Margaret Lorna Kariuki condemned the attack and demanded for immediate prosecution of the officer.

She expressed fears that the officer, whom she said is highly influential could compromise those investigating the case if urgent interventions were not made.

Ms Kariuki claimed the victim is fearing for her life because she allegedly been receiving threats since she reported the matter.

“The woman needs police protection after being discharged from hospital,” she said.

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PHOTOS: See how protest rally outside Nairobi US embassy over Floyd’s death went down



Dozens of people gathered outside the US embassy in Nairobi Tuesday to protest over the death of an African-American man in Minneapolis police custody.

The killing of George Floyd has sprung a global movement against police brutality, inequality and racism.

The demonstrators, who included Kenyans and Americans, marched in solidarity with US protesters chanting “Black lives matter”.  They called for accountability from the US embassy in law enforcement both in the country and abroad.

Protesters outside the US Embassy in Nairobi on June 2, 2020. PHOTO | SIMON MAINA | AFP

In a statement addressed to the US Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter, the protesters raised concern over inappropriate police actions and called on leaders to act and change policing in both the US and Kenya.

“George Floyd was murdered by a police officer empowered by the government you serve, who acted with the knowledge that the system will protect his actions and condemn Floyd.

“This perpetuates the narrative that a black body is a threat and its destruction is not only understood, but expected,” the statement read.


Protesters outside the US Embassy in Nairobi on June 2, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

In response to the morning protests, Mr McCarter said the US government is working to ensure George Floyd gets justice.

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“The actions of the officers involved in the killing of George Floyd were poor and must result to justice and accountability to those involved.

Protesters outside the US Embassy in Nairobi on June 2, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

“The voices of the American people, mine included, reflect their horror and anger at the repugnant acts of these officers. The police involved have been arrested, investigations are ongoing and I am confident that justice will prevail,” he said.

The protesters also criticised the Kenyan police force over extrajudicial killings and use of unnecessary force when enforcing Covid-19 rules.

Protesters outside the US Embassy in Nairobi on June 2, 2020. PHOTO| COURTESY

The protesters further accused the US embassy of being silent in the ongoing demonstrations in the US , stating that it be interpreted as a tacit endorsement of a norm.

“You are complicit… A police force devoid of the requirement for police reforms, or adherence to the strict implementation of the rule of law.

“A police force funded and supported by the United States. Your silence endorses these tactics,” the protesters said in the statement.


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Uhuru hosts 200 MPs at State House



President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi chaired a Jubilee Coalition National Assembly Parliamentary Group (PG) meeting in his capacity as the Coalition’s Party Leader.

The meeting was attended by Deputy President Dr William Ruto who is also the Jubilee Coalition’s Deputy Party Leader, Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju and a total of 212 Members of Parliament.

Today’s Parliamentary Group meeting endorsed Hon Justin B Muturi to continue serving as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon Moses Cheboi to continue serving as the Deputy Speaker, Hon Adan Duale to continue serving as the Majority Leader in the National Assembly, and Hon Jimmy Angwenyi to continue serving as the Deputy Majority Leader.

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju makes his remark next to party leader Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. PHOTO | PSCU

The Parliamentary Group meeting replaced Hon Benjamin Washiali as the Majority Whip with Hon Emmanuel Wangwe. Hon Cecily Mbarire was replaced by Hon Richard Maoka Maore as the Deputy Whip.

Further, the Party Leader appointed Hon Amos Kimunya to serve as the Secretary of the Jubilee Coalition Joint Parliamentary Group.

By Nairobi News

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