Jowie Irungu kept a low profile for months after he was released from prison until this past month. And why was that? The prime suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani was on a new journey that entailed him releasing a gospel song.
Jowie who had no entertainment priors before he removed his gospel song went on a media blitz that saw him interviewed by Jalang’o in a wide-ranging interview.
That wasn’t all, Mr. Irungu revealed that not only was he married but that he had a daughter. And Kenyans were amazed as they wondered which woman had shacked up with the Jacque Maribe’s ex-fiance’.
It emerged that the woman was a pretty model called Eleanor Musangi popularly known as Ella. The tall model divulged that she had never been a threat to her boyfriend’s ex-Jacque Maribe.
She explained that she and Jowie weren’t together when he was dating Jacque.
“Jowie was not with me when he was with Jacque. I’ve never been a threat to Jacque and Jacque has never been a threat to me now that’s what you need to understand,” said Ella.
During the same interview, Radio Jambo’s Massawe Japanni asked if Jowie would still be together with Maribe had he not gone to jail for the murder of business woman Monica Kimani.
He then responded saying that he wouldn’t give his thoughts on that, because everything that happened is God’s will.
“I don’t think so. Its God’s will mimi siwezi kupatia thought yangu. Hii yote ni God’s will. God amewill ifanyike hivo na iwe hivo,” said Jowie Irungu.
His clarification comes a few days after Jowie explained that he no longer talks to Ms. Maribe but went on to say that they only talk once in a while when checking up on her.
“I decided not to. Ile tu you know we broke up while I was still inside. Being content is the best thing and for me nothing moved because I still had my Jah (God) in me… We don’t talk maybe check up on, once in a blue moon,” said Jowie.
Jacque Maribe’s life might have taken a nasty turn in 2018 but that shouldn’t detract and diminish the exceptional grit and tenacity she showed in becoming a household name.
Despite the cloud hanging over her head as she is still a murder suspect over the death of Monica Kimani, she has been speaking about how she made it and became the most recognisable female political journalist for a time.
Jacque studied at the University of Nairobi pursuing Journalism and Media Studies before Mediamax gave her a job as an intern.
During her stint there, her boss recognised her talents and asked her, “What exactly is your passion?”. She had a soft spot for politics. But her answer wasn’t what the boss was expecting, forcing him to discourage her by telling her that politics was a man’s world.
“No! Politics is literally a man’s world. That is not something you should be thinking of getting into.”
But her fierce tenacity was not thwarted as this challenged her even further to succeed in this male-dominated field. “That literally became the driving force that took me into the world of politics, not just as a reporter, but as a female reporter.”
She was eventually able to get a promotion as a senior political reporter before getting poached by Kiss TV for the same position but a shorter period.
Her career really took of when she got the opportunity to work at Citizen TV (the most popular news station in Kenya). It was a dream job but it was still very challenging.
As a woman in the political space was a dream come true but also a lot of work. You have to push yourself beyond the limits prove yourself and it paid off.
At the pinnacle of her career, she became the first ever female political reporter to exclusively interview President Uhuru Kenyatta within State House grounds, at a time she was heavily pregnant with Zahari.
Jacque Maribe hasn’t been on our TV screens for the past one year after she left Citizen TV. But even before that, her life had taken a drastic turn after she became a suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani that took place in September 2018. The case is still in court.
And for close to two years, the media personality has been silent on that trying time in her life, not speaking about it in interviews or even to fans.
But it seems that she finally wants to let people in on what she went through during that dark time in her life. She revealed this information on her Instagram page in a show she dubbed The Hot Seat.
In the promo video of the show, Maribe can be seeing fighting tears as she narrates her turbulent life in the last year.
But while her mother and sisters are a fixture on her updates, one person who has never made it has been her father, with some wondering why that was?
Was it that they were estranged, was he not around (dead?) or was he just averse to being out in the public domain? Well, wait no more!!
Betty finally decided to unleash her father on her adoring fans. The media personality explained that her dad had paid her a visit at her relaunched beauty salon, Flair By Betty and left her with many blessings.
“My Dad came and just left us with immense Blessings! Thank you daddy! He also got Flaired Up! ✅” reads Betty Kyallo’s caption.
3 years ago, Betty disclosed that her parents separated when she was a young child.
“There’s a time when my mum and dad separated for some time and so my mum was basically taking care of us and therefore it was really hard … but anyway you rise above that,” Betty told a local publication.
This story reminds me of the stark contrast between Betty Kyallo and Jacque Maribe. While Betty loves showing off her mother, Jacque is clearly a daddies girl and posts her father liberally on her Instagram page.
The T.V landscape has been littered with media beauty after media beauty who have amazed us with their charisma, charm, and chutzpah.
They have been wonderful captains of their industry drawing us in and making the news more appealing to watch. They make even listening to news about grand corruption more bearable.
But while many of these female stars on our screens may be excelling in their chosen professions, their love lives tell a different story.
In this article, we take a look at some of the troubled relationships that some of these Kenyan screen queens have had. They are:
Her troubles started/continued after she met one Quincy Timberlake. During this period the one-time soft-spoken and very pretty anchor joined the aptly named “Finger of God” church led by a certain brother Hellon.
The scandals that erupted after she joined the church are the stuff of legend. She sued her parents, she quit her job, she married the very shady Quincy and then they went to live in Australia.
Last we heard of the couple, they had a lost one of their children after Quincy threw the child on the wall trying to cure him (?).
Lillian was destined to live happily ever after when she married Moses Kanene in September 2009. The wedding was a dream, with the venue being the legendary golf course Windsor Golf and Country Club in Ridgeways.
But that and the son they got together would most likely be the highlight of their short marriage after she filed for divorce on January 7, 2016.
Her reasons for the divorce were shocking, to say the least. That Kanene was adulterous, violent and quick-tempered.
But Lillian is not one to brood over her misfortunes moving on to a new man, wealthy Shabana FC owner Jared Nevaton. In 2018, the couple was blessed with a baby boy called Liam.
As of 2020, subtle signs are that the two might not be in the best place relationship-wise considering the cryptic messages the Citizen TV has been posting lately.
The very attractive yellow yellow former Kiswahili news presenter had one of the most scandalous break-ups in 2018.
But she had got what many slay queens in Kenya would call the ultimate catch? Super-wealthy and super attractive Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi. She even showed off his huge pink mansion when things between the two were going well.
But things fell apart in 2018 when she alleged on her social media pages that the MP was physically abusive towards her. The MP was subsequently arrested.
She added that she reported previous incidents to police and sought medical attention from hospitals away from home for fear he would follow her. The two are no longer together.
She got married to colleague Dennis Okari in a much-publicized wedding in late 2015 at Marula Manor. The wedding capped a long and drawn out six-year affair.
But things were not to last in matrimonial bliss as a certain flashy governor also had a place in Betty’s heart. This and allegations that Dennis was also cheating made the marriage last less than one year!
Before Jacque Maribe became entwined in as a suspect in the Monica Kimani murder, the journalist had a high-flying career that was only matched by her stories love life.
Jacque had already been linked with Dennis Itumbi and Eric Omondi who would turn out to be her baby-daddy. Her last love-link was with Jowie Irungu who is the prime suspect in the Monica Kimani murder case.
As of 2020, Jacque isn’t linked to any man after she broke up with Jowie.
Grace always has a smile on her face but one thing that she might look back on fondly is the break-down of her relationship with Paul Ndichu.
The relationship produced a set of twins but it still wasn’t enough to keep the two together.
Jacque Maribe has been through the wringer as far as experiences have gone. That roller-coaster started in late 2018 when the high-flying journalist became entangled as a murder suspect.
The coming months after that were full off-court appearances and a stint in remand prison that was in stack construct to the hobnobbing she had been doing with high and mighty politicians in the recent past. Then in mid-2019 Miss Maribe announced that she would be leaving her job at Citizen TV.
Some would have surmised that her end had come-That the mighty had fallen. But don’t count her out yet. Like the proverbial phoenix that rises from the ashes Miss Maribe still has hopes, very big hopes.
She recently spoke to her fans on her Instagram page during an Instalive Q and A session with Mista Dru. In it, she addressed her future considering she hadn’t been in front of our television screens for nearly one year.
On the question of whether she would be willing to go back to mainstream media to reclaim her spot as a political journalist, Maribe said,
“Actually yeah. I really would. I gave myself a year and I think I’m good now. I have given my son enough attention to spend enough time with my family. I’m ready now.”
Maribe added that getting back on screen used to take a lot of energy from her but that she was ready for the challenge, “Is a lot for me. It takes a lot from me.”
Although it took a lot on her she said that the constant scrutiny she is put under by netizens is something she has grown used to. She takes the criticism as it comes and moves on and has grown a thick skin as a result.
The Eric Omondi and Jacque Maribe relationship took a significant turn last year after the two celebrities admitted that they had a son together.
Before they came clean that Zahari was their son, there had been a lot of speculation that Eric was the baby daddy but also that he was paying child support for him.
Since then, the co-parents have been seen together a lot more and haven’t been afraid to spend time together even during this quarantine period.
The comedian recently spoke to Reverend Lucy Natasha on her YouTube channel where he had the opportunity to share new details about his relationship with the former Citizen TV presenter, speaking particularly about how he had met the mother of his only kid. A story we might have heard in the past but that is still fascinating to hear again nonetheless.
“That is the question I’m asked most, some Kenyans just want to know about me and Maribe… We met at Radio Africa (in 2011). I was working at Radio Jambo and she was at Kiss TV.”
They then became friends first before they went on their first date at Sarit Center.
“Alikuwa reporter Kiss TV. Tukapatana tukakuwa marafiki sana. Tukaenda date pale Java Sarit Center. Tukawa marafiki na mimi nikatoka hata yeye akatoka akenda Citizen. Since then were tight. We’re the best of friends na sisi tunajiambia kila siku whatever happens, we’ll remain best of friends. Tunajikumbusha kila siku. She’s a true friend,” Eric told Natasha.
Eric who had been single after his public break-up from Chantal in early 2019 also revealed what he qualities he looks for in a woman when on a first time date – so ladies take notes;
According to the comedian, how a lady will treat a waitress or guard – will always determine how she carries herself: and this is why first dates remain important to Eric. He went on to conclude saying;
“I wish to date or work with someone with respect. If I am meeting you for the first time, U would watch how you treat strangers and especially waiters or security men. That tells a lot.”
Jacque Maribe is one of the most influential female journalists the country has ever produced. The mother of one was the shining star at Citizen TV until a fateful incident in September 2018 put a stop to those plans.
Before she became linked as a murder suspect in the death of Monica Kimani, Jacque had a stellar journalistic career and also storied romantic liaisons with different men.
Who are they and could have been a foreshadowing of the trouble she had when choosing future mates, an issue that had concerned her father?
The two dated for a period of time with the rumour going around for many years that he was the baby daddy of her son, Zahari. That rumour was confirmed last year when the couple came clean for all and sundry to see with Eric and Jacque posting images of their son on the respective social media pages.
The ex-state house official enjoys a wonderful relationship with Jacque even posting some heartwarming comments about when her legal emerged in 2018-Even been dubbed poet laureate Itumbi for his numerous poems to her.
There are also photos from the past that show that Itumbi and Jacque in a passionate kiss.
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The comedian who was found conning people in 2018 was rumoured to have dated the T.V anchor. There is a photo of the two together in a very very very friendly pose.
This is the man I think that Jacque might regret dating the most. Her one-time fiance proposed to her in an internet-breaking proposal that had most Kenyan women green with jealousy.
The two ultimately broke up. Since then, Jacque has been single focussing on raising her son Zahari.
Jacque Maribe had one of the most transcendent television careers before the rough patch she experienced in late 2018. Since then Jacque has experienced remand prison, resigned from her job and broken up with a fiancé.
While she might have experienced a lot of change in her life during that period, one thing has remained constant for her-the love of her baby boy, Zahari.
The former Citizen TV anchor sent out a heartwarming message to her son Zahari as he turns a year older.
In her Instagram message, Ms Maribe said words could not explain how much joy Zahari has brought into her life, noting that the six years he had been alive had been a beautiful journey for them both.
Her message read,
“My darling Zee, words will never be enough to express how much joy you have brought into my life. I’m so blessed to be your mum. It has been 6 years of a beautiful journey together, and those close to our hearts. I have so much gratitude to God, to my family and close friends, and to you, because motherhood is no mean feat. I will love you beyond the depths of the earth. Happy 6th love of my life Zahari, here’s to us!! @catewamaribe I see you mami 😁😁😁,” she wrote.
A few months ago, Ms Maribe disclosed that her son’s father was comedian Eric Omondi after years of speculation. Since then the co-parents have spent time together even going on holidays with their son, bringing up the question of why Eric wasn’t at his son’s birthday?
Eric Omondi is one man who interests me deeply. Why? The way he is able to maintain close friendships with women he has been involved with in the past. I know I can’t! It is block and delete for me!
This is something I have asked him about in the past and he explained that he didn’t understand why men and women couldn’t be close friends even after breaking up.
This close friendships with his exes; Jacque Maribe and Chantal Graziano have raised eyebrows in the past. Anyway since Eric Omondi confirmed he was Maribe’s baby daddy; there have been a lot of questions as fans demand to know how the comedian manages to juggle his exes who also happen to be on good terms with each other.
The entertainer spoke about this topic while speaking to Reverend Lucy Natasha on her Live IG session to set the record straight. Eric was so amazed at her interview prowess he wrote after the interview,
“You are such an Awesome Interviewer.. Was so comfortable talking and sharing with you…Ubarikiwe and I am coming for my Miracle soon😊😊😊. Baraka🙏”
The journalist shared a photo of herself leaning on Eric. Jacque had a very casual look kinda day and remained bare-faced wearing a comfortable white vest.
The single mum let her hair down and quickly switched into couch potato mode as she and the award-winning comedian posed for a cute photo to stunt on the gram. Eric seemed happy and eager to catch up with the lady he often refers to as his best friend.
“So how are you guys spending quarantine in the house today? Eric Omondi said we should watch a movie,” Jacque captioned the photo.
The fans then let loose with a lot of hilarious comments with one of them naughtily suggesting that they should act one instead of watching.
Another curious fan asked why Jacque was always the one posting images of her baby daddy and not the other way around, noting that even Eric should do the same himself.
The two have maintained a positive relationship through the years with Eric standing with Jacque during the tumultuous 2018-2019 period when she emerged as a murder suspect.
Immediately after he was granted bail, his friends and family launched an online fundraising initiative to raise the money but it wasn’t to be.
Jowie’s sister, Nelius Irungu, told K24 TV, “We have raised KSh80, 000 so far through the funds-collection initiative. A good part of that money, was raised by Joseph’s friends. Most sent at least KSh100 or KSh200,” said Jowie’s sister.
“I urge Kenyans to share with us any amount of money, and we guarantee transparency on how the funds will be used. We are not out to con anyone; we are just pleading for assistance,” added Nelius. She further disclosed the family was considering to sell a parcel of land to raise money for the bail. “Our dad has a parcel of land that can be sold to raise some money which will go towards securing my brother’s freedom. We are waiting for land valuers to tell us how much the land can fetch. We could use that land as part of Joseph’s bond,” she said.
Irungu had been charged alongside his former girlfriend and journalist Jacque Maribe and his earlier efforts to get bail were futile because he was considered a flight risk and had no permanent residence or gainful employment besides being a threat to key witnesses.
Dennis Itumbi recently spoke to Kiss100 and had a lot of interesting things to say. The man had turned up to support Chipukeezy’s new comedy club and he didn’t disappoint with his answers that ranged from topics like Jacque Maribe and Jowie Irungu.
Itumbi who was there to support the comedy industry said it is the next big thing when it comes to Kenya’s economy. Dennis had some supportive words to say concerning Jowie;
Welcome to the free world. It is unfair that he stayed in there for a very long time. The constitution allows bail and bond terms to be granted to him. Most important message I want to put out is, we continue praying for justice. Justice for him for Jacque Maribe and for the late Monica and her family to finally get closure. By justice I mean for whoever murdered Monica should be judged by the courts and set to jail to rot there and whoever who did not participate in her murder should be freed and allowed to enjoy freedom as it should be.
He added saying that it is a great time to be released, just before Valentine’s day, saying that he would be willing to help Jowie give flowers to a lady that he wanted.
And concerning Jacque, the person you undoubtedly care most about when it comes to Itumbi, the political strategist spoke about his relationship with Eric and the former Citizen TV presenter:
To KOT, Jacque is my friend. We are best friends we hang out a lot her family and my family are friends and we will remain with our friendship. With Eric Omondi, we are also friends. We support each other’s businesses. Social media can use anything to create content.
Dennis also mentioned that he is still waiting for God to wrap his gift, a wife, and give him but for now he is living his best life.
Jacque Maribe’s new gig since she left her job at Citizen TV has been hosting karaoke at Lang’ata’s 1824 club. Yesterday her duties at 1824 weren’t in the hosting department but in partying as she celebrated her birthday in style.
Her caption before the event read;
Birthday parte after parte after parte. We start at Cahoots, we end up 1824. It is birthday week and we do it like we always do, happy, love, live, laugh. @mcstanoke see you in a bit.
To go along with the event, Jacque posted images and videos from the event that showed her enjoying herself and letting her hair down; A pleasant sight for many who know the roller-coaster year and a half the former T.V anchor has endured.
From being named as a suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani, to spending time in remand to then resigning from her prestigious Citizen T.V job, it has been a hell of an year for her.
So to see her smiling and having fun is great! Watch the videos below;