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;
The house-help to TV journalist Jacque Maribe has taken the court through the events of the night Joseph Irungu alias Jowie shot himself.
Pamela Kembo also told the court that Jowie used to take Jacque Maribe to work on regular basis and then return home, mostly to sleep.
Kembo told a Milimani Law Court that after dropping Maribe at work, Jowie would routinely return to the house and later in the evening he would pick her from work.
Kembo said before she went to work for Maribe, she was working for journalist Terryanne Chebet for over 5 years.
She noted that she stopped working at Chebet’s home after she was fired from Citizen.
“Chebet was the one who took me to work for Maribe where I was staying with her and her son alone before Jowie moved in, in June 2018,” she said.
Kembo narrated how Maribe introduced Jowie to her as being an army officer who worked in Dubai.
She also told the court that Maribe informed her that Jowie was also working at State House.
During her stay in the house, Kembo spotted a gun which she asked Maribe and was told that it belonged to Jowie.
Later on after staying in the house for sometime, Kembo said she could see how Jowie used to take Maribe at work and back in the evening using her car.
“All he did was to take Maribe to work and come back to sleep. On September 19, he took Jacque to work and came back to sleep,” Kembo told the court.
“At around 4 pm he left the house carrying a back bag. He was in grey shorts, white shirt and sneakers. He left with Jacque’s car,” she said.
“Both of them did not come back that night and I didn’t hear them when they came back.”
Kembo said on September 20, Jowie took Maribe to work as usual and came back to sleep.
“Later that evening he left again. At around 1 am that night I heard Jowie shouting out to Brian (Kasaine) for help. I left my room and found Jowie’s clothes and possession downstairs,” she narrated.
Later, Kembo saw Brian Kasaine, the neighbor and his wife come in asking for Jowie’s ID.
“Brian was saying they can’t take him to hospital without an ID. I then saw Jacque come from upstairs and followed Brian and the wife outside. Jowie was inside Maribe’s car backseat with blood oozing from him,” she said.
Kembo said Jowie was wearing a vest when the four of them left.
“I then went upstairs to check on the baby. I saw their bedroom light on and decided to go switch it off. Upon arrival, I saw a gun down there and blood on the floor,” she said.
“The blood was near their bathroom. I then went downstairs and called Chebet who I briefed about the occurrences.”
But Kembo said Chebet told her to sleep adding that she did not sleep because she was shaken.
“Jowie and Jacque came back and his hand had been bandaged. They then went upstairs to sleep,” she said.
On September 21, Maribe left for work at 3 pm and her mom also followed her with the child.
Later that evening, Brian came and asked for the car keys saying he was taking Jowie back to hospital.
Kembo said she gave him the car key and he went upstairs to pick Jowie and brought him down.
“They didn’t come back. And Jacque also didn’t come back until the next morning Saturday,” she said.
Kembo said she spent the night at Terryanne Chebet’s house adding that Jowie was brought back on Monday evening by Brian at 6 pm.
“Maribe came back at 8 pm and went to bed. Brian was also in the house. The next day policemen came to the house. They had guns but I saw them when they were leaving,” she recounted.
“They went to the master bedroom and left at 7.20 am with Jowie. I do not know where they went. Later Maribe left for work using an Uber.”
Kembo said Jowie came back at 2pm with the cops adding that she was told to take the child to Brian’s house.
“The police left at 6.30. Jowie then came and told m to go lock the house and left with the cops,” she said.
She added that Maribe’s dad called her and told her to take the child to Buru Buru.
Kembo said that when she peeped into the house, it had been turned upside down.
“I had called Terryanne and told her I’m going home but she told me to go to her house in Kilimani instead of going to Kitale. Maribe’s mother gave me Sh1,000,” she said.
She got to Chebet’s house and stayed there.
Since then, Kembo told the Court that she has never seen either Jacque or Jowie.
“I was in good terms with Jacque but not Jowie. At one point, Jowie accused me of stealing the house rent,” she said.
This made her want to quit in August 2018 but Maribe’s mother begged her to stay.
“I never heard any gun shot on that night that Jowie allegedly shot himself.”
She says she does not know how Jowie’s clothes got downstairs.
“…and I removed them from there to avoid the baby asking me why daddy’s clothes were there. According to me they were staying well together I never saw anything bad between them for the time I stayed with them.”
Jacque Maribe and Dennis Itumbi are the poster-children for great platonic relationships (which I don’t believe is truly possible). Last year, Itumbi proved his worth as Maribe’s ‘bestest friend ever!!!!’ when he studiously stood by her last year when she became a murder suspect.
And Maribe returned the favour this year when she supported Itumbi during his recent court dates over the fake Ruto assassination letter that made the rounds.
This past weekend the two attended an invite-only birthday party of one of their friends at a popular joint where a few photos trickled online. Itumbi, as usual, penned down a sweet poem for his friend which read:
Friendship is Martin Gitau
Happy Birthday my friend.
Our story from the days of hustle in Mukuru Slums to Mbotela and our little victories along the way is one written in both our hearts and soul.
We have had our challenges, but we have stood for each other when we had nothing and when we have something to share.
Your family and mine have become friends because we are.
During our birthdays we celebrate our friendship.
Daamn, the journey of life, through its blessings and challenges, poetry and lyrics and through its demands has been easier because you have been right there.
Our trophy and medal moments, our cheer and sad moments – are the paragraphs of our great story of friendship.
As you celebrate your birthday, I wish you a full cup of life. I will be there with you, like you have been here with me.
I wish you a great year buddy!
Clearly, Itumbi’s love language is expressed using poetry. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who witnessed the poems he wrote for Jacque during her stay in remand last year.
Jowie Irungu has been in court this week for the Monica Kimani murder case. The man who has not being spoken of in glowing terms in many news reports was humanised when Jacque Maribe’s father commiserated with the murder suspect as he was in the docks.
In a series of photos captured by The Star’s Enos Teche, Mwangi Maribe hugging Jowie at the docks. The photos are interesting considering the narrative in some sections of the media that the Maribe’s father wasn’t in favour of Jowie and his daughter’s relationship.
The photos are below;
Meanwhile, the DNA of an unknown male was discovered on strappings collected from Monica Kimani’s apartment, the court has heard.
A report given to the court on Tuesday showed strappings taken for testing revealed the DNA of Monica and an unknown male.
“The DNA from the strapping in Monica’s house was of a mixed profile, the major contributor matching the profile generated from the blood sample labeled Monica with a random probability of match and a minor contributor is an unknown male profile,” Government analyst Joseph Kagunda Kimani said.
This is even as blood samples from khaki shorts said to belong to Jowie matched that of Monica’s blood.
Kagunda told the court there was a small blood stain on Jowie’s brown shorts taken from his house by the police to the Government Chemist for analysis.
Kagunda was testifying in the case where Jowie has been charged alongside his ex-fiancée Jacque Maribe with the murder of Monica.
The report lists 73 items that were tested during the investigations in to the murder of Monica, which happened on September 19, 2018 in her apartment at Lamuria Gardens in Kilimani.
The Government Chemist was tasked to analyse items derived from Monica’s apartment, Maribe’s residence where Jowie was living, and her car for criminal investigations.
The items were received from the Government Chemist from September 25 and October 5, 9 and 24 last year.
They include a black leather belt, black hair band, maroon pillow, pair of navy blue sandals, a pair of black sports shoes, Heineken green empty beer bottle, swabs on sterile swab stick from rear left seat of car KCA 031E among other items.
Eric Omondi was interviewed this week by one of the radio stations in Kenya, with the man revealing a lot about his past. One of the things he talked about was his relationship with Jacque Maribe that has become the talk of the town after the revelation that he was the father of her son.
How did he meet the former Citizen TV presenter? He divulged that the two met while they were working at Radio Africa. At the time, he worked for Radio Jambo while Maribe was a reporter at Kiss TV.
‘Tulikutana na Jacque Maribe akiwa anafanya hapa. Mimi nilikuwa nafanya Radio Jambo, yeye alikuwa anafanya Kiss TV. Alikuwa reporter Kiss TV. Tukapatana tukakuwa marafiki sana. Tukaenda date pale Java Sarit Center,’ he said.
The comedian explained that the first date that the two had was at the Java at Sarit Center with their friendship growing overtime, even after they both left the media Group for other jobs. ‘Tukawa marafiki na mimi nikatoka hata yeye akatoka akenda Citizen. Since then were tight.’ he added.
Jacque has a way of getting the very best out of her male friends and Eric is no different. The comic revealed that the two decided to remain best of friends no matter what happens,
‘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,” said Eric Omondi.
In the interview, Eric also talked of his friendship with poet laureate Dennis Itumbi stating that they are very good friends. They are such good friends that when Jacque revealed that Zahari was Eric’s son, Dennis (who had been rumoured to have something for Maribe) was quick to congratulate the pair.
Eric Omondi and Jacque Maribe have been exciting Kenyans recently. Why? Jacque confirmed that Eric was the father of Zahari her son, and they have been sharing a few images showing themselves in a state of bliss and familial love.
One would not be mistaken to assume that they were a happy nuclear family. And now comes the interesting twist for those who might have wanted the two to get together?
Chantal Graziano, Eric’s long-time fiancee’ and now ex might still be in the picture to scuttle those plans. What do I mean? The comedian was recently interviewed by Dr. Ofweneke who asked him whether he still misses the Italian national.
His response shocked many with the comic saying that he didn’t. That would seem harsh for him to say especially for a woman that he dated for many years before they split.
But there was a twist, he said he didn’t miss her because he still spoke to her on a daily basis! Not only that! Eric went on to call her during the show to prove his words.
“I don’t miss Chantal because I talk to Chantal. Yeah every single day. Let’s call Chantal I hope she’s on,” said Eric. The entertainer, however, refused to clarify whether the public breakup was real or just a stunt.
For a long time, the two who were the image of love but had a mutually agreed break-up earlier this year. This was despite Eric claiming last year that he would be marrying Chantal in 2019.
Sad…At least he has a son and a co-parent for company.
Jacque Maribe has had a renaissance on her Instagram page (most likely mirroring her life) after the dramatic (some might say disastrous year) that she had in 2018.
The former Citizen TV presenter was mentioned as a prime suspect in a murder last year, spent time in a remand center and then resigned her job in rather suspicious circumstances; all in quick succession.
To say that she has been through the wringer in the past year is an understatement. But the woman seems to have gotten a new lease on life and has been posting many images of herself enjoying life.
She even made the life-changing decision to reveal that her son, Zahari had been fathered by comedian Eric Omondi. Clearly one can see that she is a more positive head-space, the same one that Lillian Muli her former colleague on Citizen TV has had this year.
Jacque’s growth is so deep that she has even started sharing motivational messages on her timeline, joining a legion of celebrities who use their platforms positively. The woman posted such a message last night that touched on themes like sin, love and redemption.
Read it below;
There is no sin in being weary. It’s in giving up. He who begun the good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Love. Live. Laugh. #GodIsFaithful
Read some of the comments below;
itsbiancapk 👏👏well said girl
rambo_suleiman Ulichanuka kurudia baby daddy… uko inje ni kumwoto wana marinate bila huruma 👊
onesmus543 Hae Jacque looks nice
stl__symoh Well said girl!!
_____peetburberry______ Nakupenda bure
dave_is_kip We love you Jacque❤️❤️❤️❤️
oduormirabelemily 😍😍😍😍God is real 🙏🙏🙏
erastoh_jnr_is_bae Do you mean erick🙌
shaldeen_mistiriass I love the look😍😍😍
ronnyreagan5 He is The Alpha and Omega the beginning and the end
Jacque Maribe has made the month of October the month where she will live her life loud and proud, and that is on her Instagram page!
The former Citizen TV presenter who hasn’t posted on her page for more than a year started off by congratulating Eliud Kipchoge on his historic feat, then from there, it was off to the races with the posts.
Her second post went viral with confirmation of the news that her son Zahari had been sired by Eric Omondi. That news was well-received by both the star’s followers and friends.
Even poet-laureate Dennis Itumbi celebrated his ‘best-friend’ Jacque’s wonderful news! And she isn’t done yet, Miss Maribe decided to post images of herself, Eric and Zahari on holiday at Emayian Luxury Camp that is located in Narok.
The images show Eric, Jacque and Zahari having the time of their lives(apart from his Congolese-looking beard!), one would even think that they were a nuclear family(which they are technically!)
Some of the comments from their ecstatic followers are below;
lylchii Beautiful family
megmelvine Nothing beats family🙏🙏
jacklinemoriki Asante kwa kutuachia Jowie. We can eat him as you watch. Forward ever backward never😂😂😂 Fisilets tukutane nyuma ya tent
kahigaa6 Thats how you spoil your kid.. The day he will never fotget🔥
achieng_official I miss you😭😭😭😭when are you reading news again?
naominjima God has your final say gal….much love😘😘😘
Could the two have rekindled their love or is this just a holiday of co-parents? What about Jowie, Jacque’s previous ex, who is languishing in Kamiti while life moves on? I wonder what is going on in that brain of his? I think-only thoughts of joy and peace about Eric and Maribe, of course!
Jacque Maribe has a lot to say and she is doing so on her Instagram page. Don’t forget that the former Citizen TV anchor had not posted on her page for one year since her arrest in connection with the murder of Monica Kimani.
But now Jacque has decided to speak up and has stoked a lot of interest in her page after revealing that Eric Omondi is the father of her son, Zahari.
What has ensued is a slew of questions from fans and followers curious as to who she was dating? Was it Eric Omondi, was it poet laureate, Dennis Itumbi or did her former fiance Jowie have a place in her heart.
Jacque was very patient but categorical with her answer replying, ‘Nilitangaza hukuona. Niko single AF. Those are my friends.’
Jacque Maribe’s addressing her relationship status with ex boo Jowie.
Jowie proposed to Maribe on July 30, 2018, in a surprise moment witnessed by her best friends. They served us couple goals until last September when the devil visited their relationship.
Both Maribe and Jowie were arrested in connection with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani and put behind bars. But after several court hearings, Maribe was granted bail while Jowie, the main suspect in Monica’s murder, was taken to Kamiti.
Before she was even released on bail, Jacque removed her engagement ring, a clear sign that the gloves of love had fallen off. She even went ahead to delete photos from her engagement party from her Instagram page.
Well, the former Citizen TV political affairs journalist, who publicly revealed that Eric Omondi is the father of her son, is a happy soul.
Dennis Itumbi has re-emerged and yes, he has done so after the news that Zahari is Eric Omondi and Jacque Maribe’s love child. The man who doesn’t miss an opportunity to celebrate anything Maribe related, decided to take the opportunity to write another poem about his favouritest person in the world.
The poet laureate wrote a lovely message on his Instagram page. People, please take notes, the man bursts some serious lines. Check it out below;
Congratulations – The Omondi’s.
Zahari’s graduation is a great statement of your solid guidance.
May your bond last for an eternity and more.
To both of you my friends, God’s blessings!
Bishop na pia President walisema, “Wanaosema, wacha waseme!
The man was viciously attacked for his statement
galempress Jackie’s cheerleader cherrie_bunch I know you’re having a bad day. Mwanaume ni kumove on. Now take care of your child. Your baby mom doesn’t have to fight u in court. Be a gentleman. Take responsibility baba be a present father cherrie_bunch @terrymwangangi ask him he knows about his court case in children’s court queen__essy Sawa waziri😂😂😂 kalekachali Inauma but, itabidi uzoee joan_ondisa @kalekachali mbona unasema ukweli 🤣🤣 dianaliboso Haya😱 ulitoka boyfriend zone ukaingia friend zone sasa uko congeats zone😂😂.. But you are a good friend. ruthymoenga Haiya kwani Jackie is not pregnant🤔
This isn’t the first time that Dennis has shown support for Jacque and an ex of hers. Last year, when the former Citizen T.V anchor was in throes of her court case due to her presumed involvement in the murder of Monica Kimani, Dennis was there showing support to both her and her then-fiance Jowie Irungu.
At least the man is consistent in his shocking ways.
The two put up concurrent posts on their social media pages in a well-coordinated move. The image showed the family posing in their son’s school as they all looked proudly into the camera.
Jacque’s caption read;
Family first. Happy graduation day Zahari. We, mum and dad @ericomondi are proud of you!!
The comment was momentous as it revealed two things; Zahari’s face which she had always hidden and that Eric was the father of her son, which had never been confirmed.
The reaction from fans, followers and other celebrities were ecstatic with many celebrating the news. Some of the comments are below;
eunieeunice Beautiful.. see you at Cah…let’s celebrate demolahkimanzi Lovely😍😍Congratulations Zahari❤️ suzannaowiyo Lovely 🔥🔥 kabusimon Kikohozi kikohozi ✋✋✋ lols897 Yes mambo kama Haya ule chant akae Italy moraahjewels Finally 👏👏👏👏 Your blood will always be your blood! estheratsango Beautiful family ❤️❤️❤️❤️ oscarthejuggler Looking good bro 💥💥💥💥 itsbryoo Beautifulness tupu (insert Lonyangopuo’s voice) 😂😂😂 lakini hebu mfanye harusi mtulie sasa alaa maxarika Awesome people 😍😍😍 galempress I wish mnaeza rudiana….❤️❤️❤️❤️
A close and anonymous source who spoke to Mpasho.co.ke revealed that the two had been co-parenting without issue over the years. ‘At the moment, Jacque Maribe and Eric Omondi are in very good terms and they are co-parenting.’
The source also clarified, ‘I don’t think he would have posted that photo if they are not in good terms and if Jacque hasn’t given him permission.’
Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two hour history making moment has had a big impact on former Citizen Tv’s Jacque Maribe.
She has for the first time returned to social media and it all has to do with Eliud Kipchoge. Maribe has been off social media for months now.
Moments after breaking the barrier in the Ineos 159 challenge, Jacque wrote
thank you, for sharing this moment with us. For allowing us to witness history. For showing us that we can teach our children that no human is limited. We are proud. I am proud. Kenya is proud. Thank you. You are worth making a comeback for.
Many of her fans noticed her quiet return and praised her for it, noting how happy they were to have her back online.