Jacque Maribe and fiancé Joseph Irungu/ Jowie are still in remand over the murder of Monicah Kimani.
We can now reveal part of her confession contained in an affidavit of what transpired
“I love you and I am sorry”
These were the words Joseph Irungu aka Jowie repeatedly told Jacque Maribe after visiting her home on September 19. In her statement to the DCI, seen by the Star, Maribe said her fiancé came back home on the said day crying and apologized for what she did not know.
The former Kabete Member of Parliament George Muchai was killed in what seemed to be a well calculated murder.
According to a newspaper vendo Mr Ronald Nyangeres Siang’o, he said he was handing over newspapers to Mr Muchai on the fateful morning of February 7, 2015 when a lone gunman stepped out of a white car which had stopped in front of “mheshimiwa’s” and “just started shooting.”
“He first shot at the driver who I had given the newspapers to and had turned to hand them to mheshimiwa who was at the backseat…I heard about eight gunshots.”
IEBC ICT manager Chris Musando was found dead in Kikuyu after he had been reported missing by his family ,he went missing on 29th July only for his body to be retrieved days later.
A vehicle belonging to Musando was earlier traced to the TRM parking lot he had earlier on reported of death threats to Central Police Station.
It is alleged he was was killed for being among one of the few people with knowledge on the whereabouts of the servers at IEB in a hotly contested election .
5. Meshack Yebei
He was an ICC witness and was expected to testify in the Hague before he mysteriously went missing.
His tortured body was later found dumped at Tsavo national park after he went missing in December 2015. His family believes that his death was connected to the cases and whoever killed him did not want him to testify.
The University of Nairobi student was found dead in unclear circumstances after being invited to a party where former Kiambu governor was a guest.
Mercy was found by passers-by on the left lane of Waiyaki Way about 100 metres from the St Mark’s Church in Westlands in Nairobi.
The former governor has since been absolved of the murder.
The lifeless body of Careen was found in her Kilimani apartment. The former Kenya Power employee died after being strangled by hired thugs. According to Chief Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor, the ever smiling girl bled from the eyes and neck due to pressure exerted by the assailants.
At the time she was dating former media personality Luois Otieno, who was later arrested and charged with the murder.
The lady was killed alongside IEBC, ICT manager Chris Msando whose body was found at City mortuary after his family reported him missing.
While it is clear that Msando’s death was planned it is still not yet clear why Carol had to die. According to an autopsy carried out on her body, Njumbu died of strangulation in lay mans language kunyongwa.
Willy who was was a lawyer before his mysterious murder was found dead in a river in OL-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County after days of being missing.
Kimani was killed alongside his taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, whereas a third body found was that of Mr Kimani’s client Josphat Mwenda. The three were suspected to have been abducted by Administration Police (AP) officers on June 23rd, 2016.
This lady is probably the least well-known of the ladies on this list because she was not associated with any high-profile personalities. Atieno was stabbed 10 times in the neck and chest by Maxwell Ochieng a former soldier in Kahawa Wendani.
George had in an earlier interview talked about Monicah’s birthday,
“Her birthday was next month and she had arranged with my brother to host a party, because most of her birthdays are done in South Sudan because she works there.”
So she was supposed to do a birthday here with everyone. She has organised to call everyone from the grandma to everyone.”
Fast forward to yesterday, Joe Muchiri visited Jowie at Kamiti Prison and posted about it.
George was angry about this, he wrote:
“This nonsense people call friendship is bullsh*t! my sisters birthday was last month too but instead we cried rather than celebrating. And this f*cker was our friend too, infact we hosted him at my sisters house a few weeks before she was killed. So f*ck friendship.”
Marisa _risa wrote: “My condolences. I feel your pain. But lets be realistic kiasi, no one is sure of who killed your sister. Only God knows, so my dear pardon us but we still stand with our brother Jowie cause we believe he is innocent.”
George responded to her saying:
“[It’s] cool you have a point but truth remains he was among the last person to see my sister alive, and we spoke that same day and he lied and told me he only spoke to my siz on phone. my point was simple friendship nowadays is overrated.”
The only true thing about whatever is being peddled in the press in Kenya about this whole matter is that the General was a governor in Rumbek” Achoch stated.
His office also termed reports that he owns property worth millions in Nairobi under the supervision of Monica as false.
“The general does not own a single iron sheet in Nairobi. If he owns anything it is in South Sudan and this is well known,” Achoch said.
Well South Sudan President Salva Kiir has finally addressed the issue during an interview with local journalist Jeff Koinange. He expressed how sorry he was about Monicah’s death adding that he hopes the culprits will be charged as outlined in the law.
“I am very sorry for the loss of life of that young lady it was my first time to hear of such a personality in South Sudan. I never knew about her nor had I heard about her presence.
She lost her life in her own country and its not up to me to investigate. The people who were accused of having laundered money with her might be in Juba but the problem is that they might not be South Sudanese.”
About Monicah being involved with a South Sudanese General, Salva says
“That General can be put into question I cannot stop him from being investigated or being questioned.”
The national Identity Card murder suspect Jowie Irungu used to gain access to Monica Kimani’s apartment had been reported missing two days earlier.
The ID card belongs to Dominic Bisela, a casual worker at a construction site within Royal Park apartments where Jowie and his television journalist girlfriend, Jacque Maribe, live in Lang’ata estate, Nairobi.
The ID card went missing on September 17, two days before Monica was found with her throat slit at her Lamuria Gardens pad off Dennis Pritt Road, Nairobi.
Police are still holding Jowie as the prime suspect in the murder and Maribe as an “accessory to the murder” of Monica Kimani.
Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti told The Nairobian that Bisela’s ID card was reported missing from the sentry box where other identification cards were left by construction workers.
Kinoti explained that Bisela,
“did not find his ID in the evening after completing duty at the construction site. He informed the guard to be on the lookout for the card just in case it had been misplaced from the rest of the IDs.”
Here are reasons why Jowie opted to ‘steal’ the mans identity card
1. The stolen ID would be easy to dispose and it would be hard to track him down.
2. Revenge Motive
In some cases, the motivation for identity theft is more personal than financial. Jilted lovers, former friends, bickering business partners and even family members can use identity theft to shatter the lives of those they feel have wronged them
3. Concealment of Other Crimes
Some identity thieves use their stolen information as a tool to commit even bigger crimes. They may cover their tracks by implicating the true owner of the stolen identity in their crimes.
The murder of Monicah Kimani has taken a new twist after it emerged that a witch doctor is at the centre of the murder investigation.
Monicah’s body was discovered with her mouth taped shut to stop her from raising the alarm, her hands tied at the back, legs tied too, rendering her helpless. Her throat was slit open. Basically, her neck was nearly severed.
Monica’s body was found in her apartment at Lamuria Gardens off Denis Pritt road in Nairobi on September 20.
“Preliminary investigations have established that Irungu was seen in the company of another person near the crime scene,” said the police in an affidavit.
“The identity of the person seen with Irungu has yet to be established but the investigating team is following leads,” they said.
According to a timeline pieced together by the police, Jowie drove Jacque’s car in and out of the crime scene.
Images of the car captured by surveillance cameras on the roads he used from off Denis Pritt Road to his residence in Lang’ata show the driver was in the company of another man whose identity police are searching for.
Police said the suspect was believed to have been in the company of another suspect, Joseph Irungu, on the day Monica was killed.
TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé, Irungu, are set to be charged in court on Monday over the murder.
_faithamor: @theavieway as a mother, I would hate it if my childs pic was circulated at a moment like this, it almost seems like using a child to gain sympathy from people. It is in appropriate and you being a mother one would think you would understand better, please pull it down. No child deserves this kind of publicity!
peggyshamyl: This woman is wicked,u are publicizing someone else’s child and urs you hide from the media,shame on you!women should support each other not troll . otienowinnielucy: @theavieway kwa nini wako hutaki aonekane social media but wa mwenzio ndio huyo wewe mbiombio ama Maribe aliwasiliana nawe ukamposti mnawa huko ala… Ukiona mwenzako kanyolewa tia lako maji,,,, Dunia ni mviringo hata huyo wako kuna mtu atamposti tu
Royal Media service has finally cleared the air surrounding their employee Jacque Maribe who is in remand after being charged for the murder.
During her bail hearing case Prosecution counsel Catherine Mwaniki told Justice James Wakiaga that it will be unfair if Maribe continues to appear on TV screens, especially when witnesses have to testify against her.
She urged the court to consider her profession when ruling on whether to grant her bail.
“I urge you to consider that the second accused person is a news anchor and if released on bail, the court should give alternative conditions to ensure she does not intimidate the witnesses.”
Ever since she was arrested Citizen TV has not addressed the issue, but they have finally broken their silence.
Royal Media Services, the employer of Jacque Maribe, has urged the court to release her on bail.In a Press statement on Thursday morning, Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru expressed confidence that the Citizen TV journalist would adhere to bail conditions if released.
“Having engaged her for the last six years and assessing her performance, we hereby vouch for her character and recommend for her admission to bail,”
It comes a day after Maribe and her co-accused Joseph Irungu alias Jowie pleaded not guilty after their charges were read afresh to include other suspects not present before the court. According to Mr. Waruru, Maribe has a clean record of employment,He cited her work experience as a reporter and her recent promotion to the position of Friday Prime Time news anchor on Citizen TV. On Wednesday, Maribe’s lawyers sought bail despite objection from the State Prosecutor. The Prosecution claimed that her presence on the screen would intimidate witnesses lined up to testify against her in the Monica Kimani murder case.
“We are not saying that the accused should be sacked or leave employment. We are talking about her role in the media vis-a-vis the likelihood of intimidation,”
The judge seemingly tickled by Mwaniki’s sentiments wondered how Maribe would influence witnesses against testifying by reading news.
Justice James Wakiaga asked the Prosecutor to explain further saying that he is not aware of how the accused’s profession is linked to the objection to her bail application.
“Just elaborate so that I understand. I don’t know what she does because like I told you last time, I don’t clearly watch news. But I have been told she reads news and interviews people,”
The Prosecution however maintained that Maribe is viewed as a “high person in society” and may intimidate witnesses.”
The ruling on the bail application is to be delivered on Tuesday, October 30.
Royal Media Services has in it’s statement confirmed that Maribe is still an employee of the firm but has taken leave to attend to personal matters.
Grazia took to social media to complain about how Jacque was being handled by the security. She was locked out of the court after she tried to get to Maribe.
“Woke up at 530 to try and support a fellow media person @jacquemaribe but she had so much support and security was too tight by the time I saw see the courtroom door I was surrounded and locked out. But endless support to her and I hope for her immediate release,”wrote Dana de Grazia on Instagram.
Grazia is one of the fastest-rising media darlings in Kenya, with her show on Ebru TV attracting some of the biggest names in the Kenyan showbiz landscape.
It is not yet clear why she was barred given that Maribe’s other friends including Shix Kapienga,Johnson Sakaja ,Dennis Itumbi were present in the court room .
The late Monica Kimani was briefly detained at the airport upon arrival from Juba because she was in possession of undeclared cash.
She was, however, let go after a high flying individual called senior KAA officials to secure her release according to The Star.
The incident has been handled with the strictest confidentiality, with no official records showing Monica was at the airport on the material day.
Undercover police officers at JKIA, who requested anonymity, told the Star how Monica was briefly detained by customs and immigration officers but the incident didn’t bear much significance until later when they identified her as the same woman who was brutally murdered.
Investigators have told the court, where they have arraigned two suspects, that they are still investigating the possibility of money having been stolen from Monica in her killing.
“The investigations are ongoing to establish any money that could have been taken from the deceased’s house. The deceased was to travel out of the country,” an affidavit by investigating officer Maxwell Otieno reads.
He said they are tracing the money movement, persons involved, and how and who is currently in possession of the money.
The prosecution hinted that its investigations will go beyond Kenyan territory but did not elaborate.
Monica lived flamboyantly going by her social media accounts where she more than once this year posted photos of big amounts of money.
Efforts to reach her family to confirm whether Monica was transporting any money or if they had received the money she allegedly had proved futile.
Monica’s body was found inside a bathtub on September 21 by her brother who told police they had to break into the house after knocking several times. She was scheduled to fly to Dubai the same evening.
Both her feet and hands tied behind her back, an indication that she was tortured, according to the police.
Her throat had been slit, ear to ear and her mouth was taped shut, which police say are hallmarks of a professional killer.
According to the relatives, Monica had just returned to the country on September 19 from South Sudan where she worked.
Speaking about the flights a KAA officer said that
“There are several airlines that fly the Nairobi –Juba route. These are Juba Airways, African Express Airways, Kenya Airways and United Nations Planes,” Details of the September 19 flights are however being guarded tightly,If you ask any KAA staff about Monica Kimani’s flight details, definitely you will hit a dead end. All the flights details have been taken,” said the officer.
The officer added that investigators should look at the CCTV footage to see how the KAA, immigration and customs officers detained Monica briefly without the knowledge of the police.
He said if Monica had legally declared the cash she was carrying, she could have been issued with a receipt from the immigration.
“There are no such records here. Information on Monica is scanty,The KAA officers are the ones mandated to screen baggage. In case of somebody carrying large amounts of cash, he or she is supposed to declare it with the customs department which issues a receipt. Immigration simply checks on the passports and visa,”
When screening baggage and they notice banned substances or illegal goods, KAA officers are supposed to alert airport police.
The officer said that in the case of Monica, JKIA security has discovered that she had cash but the KAA officer who screened her did not inform the police.
“The fellow informed the customs guys and the immigration fellows. There may have been collusion and Monica may have parted with some cash. She is also said to have called somebody who ordered the KAA officer to let her go,” the officer told the Star.
Talk is rife at JKIA about Monica carrying lots of cash in a bag but there are no answers to the unending questions about how she passed without a trace.
“We have a machine to screen people and another for goods. Those machines are accurate. The money must have been seen. CCTV cameras should be reviewed and the KAA officer who allowed her to pass arrested and prosecuted,” said one police officer.
On Monday, Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu and Citizen TV reporter Jacque Maribe were charged with the murder.