Political journalism isn’t for you! Jacque Maribe reveals what boss once told her

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.

Monica-Kimani
Monica-Kimani

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.”

Jacque Maribe
Jacque Maribe

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.”

2018 was a year of extreme highs and lows for me – Jacque Maribe

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.

Jacque Maribe
Jacque Maribe

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 with her son, Zahari
Jacque Maribe with her son, Zahari

That right there is grit.

 

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‘Long Overdue’ Itumbi tells Jowie Irungu after release on bail 

 

Kenyans on Twitter have long been campaigning that Jowie Irungu should be set free, arguing that others with lesser crime accusations have been granted bail.

He trended on social media so many times, but cries KOT said supposedly fell on deaf ears.

Well the day for Jowie has finally arrived.

The court has granted him a Sh2million bail and was given an alternative bond of Sh3m and released on Thursday by a Milimani Law court.

Making the ruling, Justice James Wakiaga said there are no compelling reason to deny the accused bail.

Dennis Itumbi wrote an emotional message welcoming him

Welcome to the free world Jowie. Being granted bail was long overdue. We will continue praying that justice is done for all, the late Monica, Jacque and yourself.

Maribe’s former house-help reveals details of the night Jowie shot himself

Jacque Maribe was granted bail in 2018, while Jowie whom she dumped went back to remand.

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Maribe-Jacque-and-Jowie-in-court

Making the judgement Justice James Wakiaga ruled that Jacque Maribe should be released on a Ksh 2 million bond with 1 surety of the same amount.

The other option was a cash bail of Ksh 1 million with 3 sureties of the same amount.

The bail was however quite strict, and was set with these conditions:

1. Jacque Maribe cannot report news during this whole period.

2. She cannot discuss the issue, or be invited to interviews to discuss Monicah Kimani’s murder.

‘I panicked and ran back into my bedroom’ Jacque Maribe narrates how Jowie came home soaked in blood

3. She can’t meet anyone related to Monicah Kimani either direct or indirectly.

4. Accompany her advocate to her house and allow the investigating officer to take any photographic evidence, if he is not done with investigations before she is allowed into the house.

Jowie Irungu and Jacque Maribe in court
Jowie Irungu and Jacque Maribe in court

5. Cannot interview anyone involved in the case either directly or indirectly.

Many have made jokes about Dennis Itumbi and Jowie fighting for the attention of ex fiance Jacque Maribe, and Itumbi addressed this.

Jacque Maribe granted bail, as fiancé Jowie to stay in custody

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I left her with Jowie-Last person to see Monica Kimani alive says

Monica Kimani was killed in September last year. The murder captivated the nation and roped in media personality Jacque Maribe along with her then-fiancee’ Jowie Irungu as the prime suspects.

Jowie Irungu proposing to Jacque Maribe
Jowie Irungu proposing to Jacque Maribe

Monica Kimani was found dead in her posh apartment on Dennis Pritt Road, her neck had been slit ear to ear and her hands bound.

Messages from beyond the grave: Check out the late Monica Kimani’s message about Vera Sidika

The case is now in court with one of the last witnesses who last saw Monica Kimani alive testifying yesterday. Lee Omondi the witness had initially met Monica in Juba where he used to work.

The late Monicah Kimani whose lifeless body was recovered in a bathtub
The late Monicah Kimani whose lifeless body was recovered in a bathtub

Omondi told Justice James Wakiaga that he went to Monica’s house on September 19, 2018, to collect documents from her and met Jowie, who was introduced to him as Joe, and a neighbour by the name Walid.

Omondi testified that Monica told him Jowie was a security expert working with Interpol and in the office of the president. Walid was introduced as a neighbour who had come to see her after she got back from Juba, South Sudan.

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Maribe-Jacque-and-Jowie-in-court

Omondi also positively identified the Joe he was introduced to was Jowie in court. He said Jowie was wearing a white gown, grey blazer and a red taqiya (Muslim scullcap). Monica told him she wondered why Jowie was wearing a gown. ‘Havaangi kanzu lakini leo amevaa (he never puts on a gown but today he did),’ he quoted Monica as having said.

Monica-Kimani
Monica-Kimani

Jowie had allegedly responded that he was coming from an operation somewhere in Lamu and had to blend in. When Omondi arrived, Monica offered him a drink and they settled in. They had small talk with Omondi saying that he took interest in Jowie because of the security issues he kept raising.

They also discussed Monica’s trip to Dubai where she was to clear a consignment for Unicef. ‘I stayed for a bit after Walid left. I excused myself to leave and Monica noted that “even joe is following you now”,’ Omondi said.

Monicah Kimani
Monicah Kimani

Omondi casually commented that Jowie should stay over because the house was big enough. He left at 10.45 pm and Monica did not escort him downstairs.

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