It’s probably what any good father would do when his daughter is in deep trouble, even if it’s of her own making.
Mr Mwangi Maribe, the father of Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe, has broken cover for the first since his daughter was arrested alongside her lover, Mr Joseph Irungu, over the murder of Monica Kimani in Kilimani on the night of September 19.
He has come out swinging, proclaiming his daugther’s innocence, arguing she is a victim of love and circumstances and accusing police of seeking to “become famous” by prosecuting her because she is a celebrity.
“Police want to become famous by nailing a celebrity. That is why my daughter is in custody. Her neighbour, Brian Kassaine, also has a partner. Why is she not in custody? Her biggest mistake was falling in love,” he said in a telephone interview with the Nation at the weekend.
Mr Maribe says that his daughter’s life would be in danger if she testified against those arrested in connection with the murder.
Mr Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, is believed to have used Mr Kassaine’s unlicensed gun to shoot himself. The latter is also in custody in connection with the killing.
Mr Maribe claimed investigators have not directly linked Ms Kimani’s murder to his daughter, saying there was “no way” his daughter could have been involved in the gruesome killing and then break the news the following day on Citizen TV.
“The day after Monica’s murder, my daughter read the same piece of news at Citizen. How callous can she be to participate in a murder and have the courage to read the news? That is not the girl we raised,” he said.