Rafiki wa kufa kupona! Photo of Moses Kuria in court during Jacque Maribe’s mention over murder case

TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu aka Jowie will remain in custody until October 24.

Judge James Wakiaga asked the two to report back in court on Wednesday for the mention of the murder case.

This time round, more friends were in court to show their support.

Those present included Citizen TV News director Monicah Kiragu, Oliver Mathenge, Francis Gachuri, Dennis Itumbi and  Faiza Maganga.

‘When I am influenced before I hear a case I get upset ‘ admits Judge James Wakiaga as he warns the media to keep off speculating on Jacque Maribe’s case

Also in the crowd was Moses Kuria who had come to show his support

Below are some of the photos

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Monicah Kiragu (in black)

‘I met Jowie at a Jubilee party’ Jacque Maribe narrates

Faiza Maganga

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‘I almost committed suicide’ Oliver Mathenge confesses

Battling alcohol addiction is not easy. Radio Africa Group Digital Editor Oliver Mathenge is a recovering alcoholic and has for the first time spoken about this addiction.

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Oliver has marked 100 days ever since he stopped  drinking alcohol and he has narrated his journey in a post titled “Once Upon A Bottle”

“So what happens after the 100 days are over?” was a question people kept asking me as I counted down the no alcohol challenge. To be honest, I still do not have a straight answer to this question because I do not have a plan. The key reason being that even the challenge was not a plan but just happened to be a decision made on the night on December
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But even without that answer, I have a story. Not a story to shame anyone or me. Not a story to seek pity. But a story that has taught me valuable lessons that I am taking into the future.

FOR TWO YEARS, I STRUGGLED WITH THE URGE TO BE HIGH AND SINCE I DO NOT DO ANY DRUGS, ALCOHOL WAS A QUICK SOLUTION. I HAD GIVEN UP ON LIFE IN A MANNER THAT PUSHED ME TO ESCAPE REALITY AND SEEK TO AVOID EVERYDAY CHALLENGES. I COULD NOT SURVIVE A DAY WITHOUT ALCOHOL UNLESS I WAS TOO HANGOVERED TO GET OUT OF BED. IN BETWEEN THE DAY IN THE OFFICE, I WOULD GO OUT TO HAVE A FEW SHOTS OF WHATEVER DRINK I THOUGHT MY SYSTEM NEEDED. SOME FRIDAYS, DRINKING WOULD START AS EARLY AS MIDDAY AND WOULD SOMETIME GO ON UNTIL SUNDAY (YES, I WOULD SPEND TWO DAYS IN BARS LIKE THAT’S ALL ABOUT LIFE). I WAS A SLAVE,” HE WROTE IN PART.

Oliver Mathenge went ahead to explain how he would sneak out of his workplace before break times just to quench his thirst. He says he missed a lot of family activities and would spend more time at the bar.

“IT BECAME A ROUTINE TO LEAVE THE OFFICE AND GO TO THE BAR FOR A NUMBER OF BEERS AND SOMETIMES A BOTTLE OF WHISKY. I EVEN GOT TO WORK LATE ON SOME DAYS AFTER INDULGING IN A BIT TOO MUCH AND MY PRODUCTIVE NOSEDIVED. I MISSED MANY ACTIVITIES FROM FAMILY OBLIGATIONS TO BUSINESS MEETINGS. ONE MAY THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING NORMAL IN THIS DAY AND AGE WHEN PEOPLE SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE THEIR HOUSE – MOSTLY HAVING FUN. IT WAS NOT NORMAL FOR ME,” HE ADDED.

The Digital boss revealed how he messed up family and social relationships and sunk into deep debt.

“I WAS BREAKING DOWN. I MESSED UP FAMILY AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS. I WAS MESSING UP MY JOB (UNTIL GOD DECIDED I NEEDED GREATER RESPONSIBILITIES TO KEEP ME IN CHECK). I SUFFERED UNCOUNTABLE MELTDOWNS. I SUNK INTO DEBT (DEEP – AS IN DEEP TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS) AS I SOUGHT TO FINANCE A CHAMPAGNE LIFE ON BEER MONEY.

Oliver at one point in his life tried twice to take his own life and disclosed that he lost many friends as a result of his horrible habit.

“I TRIED TO TAKE MY LIFE TWICE (AGAIN, GOD HAD TO SHOW ME THERE WAS STILL A LOT TO DO ON THIS EARTH). I LOST FRIENDS BECAUSE I COULD NOT BE THERE FOR THEM UNLESS THERE WAS ALCOHOL INVOLVED. I ALSO HAD FRIENDS WHO WERE CHEERING ME ON AS I WASTED MY LIFE, WHICH WAS SEEMINGLY COMING TO A HALT. ALCOHOL TOOK A LOT FROM ME. IT TOOK CONTROL OF ME.”

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“Sometime in mid-2017, I took the first step. I sought help not to deal with the alcohol dependency but to deal with a lot of anger, disappointment and resentment that I was harbouring towards life. It took a while to open up about what I saw was an “unfair” life. At the beginning of November, I was ready to make adjustments but it was the Drinksembar period, as we love calling it. That month, I was back at it. Running away from my responsibilities for the bottle. I was back at it. But this would not be for long as reality started hitting me again that this was what I was supposed to be putting aside. The plan from mid-2017 was to reduce the drinking and partying it was never to stop until that night on December 29th. This decision happened after two beers and a shot of Jager. I told myself that if I would go out on December 30th and 31st and not take alcohol, then I should not worry about starting the year sober. And it happened that I woke up on January 1 without having taken alcohol for two days and decided to challenge myself to another 98.

AND HERE WE ARE. 100 DAYS WITHOUT ALCOHOL. SO WHAT? ONE MAY ASK. WELL, I AM STILL RECOVERING. I AM STILL FIXING MY FAMILY AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS (AND BREAKING THOSE THAT ARE NEGATIVELY AFFECTING MY LIFE). I AM STILL WORKING TO ENSURE I DON’T FAIL IN MY JOB. I AM STILL RECOVERING FROM DEBT. BUT I AM DOING MORE GIGS THAN I DID IN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS. I AM PUSHING MILESTONES AT WORK. I AM EARNING MY RESPECT BACK. I AM HANDLING MY RESPONSIBILITIES BETTER. IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, I HAVE DONE MUCH MORE THAN I DID IN TWO YEARS. I AM AT A BETTER PLACE WITH MORE CLARITY. I AM NOT YET THERE BUT I AM SURE THAT I WILL COMPLETELY RECOVER FROM MY ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND DEPRESSION.
I WILL BE A BETTER MAN. FOR NOW, CHEERS TO NOT BEING A SLAVE. AND IN ALL THINGS, WE GIVE THANKS,” HE CONCLUDED.

What an inspiring story!

Oliver Mathenge has also quit smoking and now uses a nicotine patch in a bid to finally kick the habit.

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5 things you didn’t know about political reporter Oliver Mathenge

He is a household name thanks to his breaking political news stories. If you don’t know him, then let me catch you up to speed.
Oliver Mathenge is a political news reporter-cum-analyst-cum-commentator. He currently works for the Star Newspaper, where his hard-hitting articles generate public debate.
Some of you might view him as somewhat controversial Kenyan, and this is evidenced on comments from the stories, or opinions he posts on his social media. Bottom line is he is a big wig on social media.
But there is more to him, than politics. Here are some little known facts about Oliver Mathenge, you can thank me later.
1. He is a foodie: Oliver loves to cook. Mwanaume ni effort and part of his lifestyle involves food.

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2. He’s a selfie addict. He is popularly referred to as Baba selfie
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3. Inspirational quotes; His quotes can be found on social media under the hashtag #OliverSays. Have you seen them?
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4. He always heaps praises on his wife. He is one of the few celebrities who are not ashamed to show off his wife and let the world know, she is his.
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5. He is part of the happy socks battalion and joins the exclusive list of the likes of  Larry Madowo. Kindly notice his shoe game.
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The Star Newspaper Senior Political Writer Oliver Mathenge Ties The Knot (photos)

Oliver Mathenge a senior political/parliamentary writer for The Star Newspaper and a twitter bigwig tied the knot Saturday with the love of his life Njeri Wamarite. The beautiful wedding attended by the who is who in the media took place at Seraphic Gardens, Nairobi. We have the photos for you, in case you missed it as Oliver took the time to upload the photos on Instagram and twitter as the procession was under-way. Congratulations to the lovely couple.

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Photos courtesy facebook