Jacque Maribe Biography
Jackie Maribe was born on 18th December. She is a media personality who was a news anchor and political Affairs reporter at Citizen TV. In 2017 Jacque Maribe received the Head of States Commendation (HSC) civilian award from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Jacque Maribe Age
Jackie celebrates her birthday on 18th December every year, her exact age is still under review and will be updated soon.
Jackie Maribe Education
She attended State House Girls High School in Nairobi and later joined Nairobi University to study journalism.
Jackie Maribe Career
She began her career as an actress in the Constant Gardener (2005). In September 2009 she became a Senior Political Reporter at K24 TV a position she held until December 2011. In December 2011 she became the Political Affairs Reporter at KISS TV of Radio Africa Group until October 2012. In October 2012 she joined Citizen TV of Royal Media Services
Jackie Maribe Son
She has a son, Zahari, who was born on 14th May 2014. it was confirmed that Eric Omondi is the father of little Zahari
Jackie Maribe and Eric Omondi
Jackie Maribe has been romantically connected to Eric Omondi after they were spotted in several social venues together. But it was during Jackie’s all-white birthday when the affair came to the surface. They were captured kissing by paparazzi but Eric played the episode down saying theirs wasn’t a romantic kiss.
“I did it because it was her birthday,” Eric said.
Eric Omondi later confirmed they had a relationship. “Yes, I have had a relationship with Jacque,” Eric Omondi said. After being asked if he is Jaque’s baby daddy he said, “I can’t talk about that.” Eric Omondi says the two are no longer an item adding that he moved on, but the two share a son.
Jacque Maribe and Dennis Itumbi
Jackie Maribe and Dennis Itumbi have been romantically linked after the Director of Digital Communication in the Office of the President Dennis Itumbi surprised Jacque on her birthday on 18th December 2015 at the Citizen TV studios.
Jacque had just completed reading the 1 pm news bulletin when Dennis Itumbi made his way into the studio and presented the cake to her, sang and wished her a happy birthday all in full glare of the cameras.
Jacque could not hold back her excitement as she broke into tears of joy. Dennis Itumbi did not relent to share the birthday message he has for Jacque.
“May she laugh hard, may God keep her and bless her. Happy birthday Jacque!” wished Dennis Itumbi.
Jackie and Dennis have dismissed the rumors about them dating and has said that they are just good friend.
Jacque Maribe and Oliver Mathenge
Jackie is said to have dated Oliver Mathenge, the senior political analyst for The Star newspaper, and is said to have cheated on him. The rumors may just be false as Jackie attended Oliver’s wedding.
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Jacque Maribe Boyfriend
On 30th June 2018, Jackie Maribe got engaged to Joseph Kuria Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, a security expert, who proposed to her during a romantic surprise dinner for her and her close circle of girlfriends. Jacque has also been involved with popular comedian Eric Omondi and together had a daughter named Zahari.
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Jacqueline Maribe freed as Irungu denied bail
Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe has been released on bail while her co-accused Joseph Irungu alia ” Jowie’ has been denied bail.
Maribe has been freed on a cash bail of Ksh. 1 million with three sureties of a similar amount of Ksh. 2 million bonds with one surety of a similar amount.
In his ruling, Justice James Wakiaga indicated that there was no indication that she is a flight risk and Prosecution did not prove that she would interfere with witnesses.
“Based on the materials placed I am unable to agree with the prosecution that Maribe will interfere or abscond court or act in any manner prejudicial” ruled Justice Wakiaga.
In denying Jowie bail, the court ruled that he has extensively traveled to the Middle East with no known assets in the country and his willingness to surrender the passport is no guarantee that he will not jump bail or abscond court.
Further, the court noted that Jowie had no fixed aboard and no evidence before the court that if released he would have a place to live so likely to abscond court.
Justice Wakiaga further indicated that his access to firearms and his already displayed love for guns could create fear and intimidation among the witnesses.
If released, the court ruled, there is a likelihood that he would interfere with the crime scene.
The court further noted that Jowie was in need of close supervision which can only be attained under protective custody and directed that he be treated at Kenyatta National Hospital with a referral from the prison clinic.
The hearing of the case has been set for June 18th-27th 2019.
Jowie’s mention will be after every 21 days before the Deputy Registrar while a mention to confirm whether the prosecution has availed the witness statements is set for 27th November 2018.
The two have been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Ms. Monica Kimani on September 19, 2018.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, the two also took plea afresh after the prosecution amended the charge sheet to include other suspects, not before the court.
Prosecution led by Catherine Mwaniki has since opposed to the release of the two on bail or bond saying that they have been charged with a capital offense.
In their submission, the prosecution had termed Jowie as a flight risk while Maribe’s association with persons of influence held a likelihood that she would interfere and intimidate prosecution witnesses.
Maribe had been remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison while Jowie was at the Industrial Area Remand Prison.
Irungu has been in custody since his arrest on September 25, 2018, while Maribe was arrested on October 1, 2018.
Irungu and Maribe have been charged with the murder of Monica Kimani whose body was found at her Kilimani apartment on September 19, 2018.
Jacque Maribe: I cannot account for my fiance’s actions
Murder suspect Jacque Maribe now claims she is standing trial only because of her romantic relationship with co-accused Joseph Irungu alias Jowie. The two are charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.
In an affidavit responding to the prosecution’s application to deny her bail, Ms. Maribe said she was an innocent lover and should not be held responsible for Mr. Irungu’s actions.
She said her bail application should be considered on its own merit without factoring in her fiance’s conduct.
In the affidavit, the journalist sent a condolence message to Monica’s family, saying she was praying for their peace of mind.
She stated that she could not account for Irungu’s movements and who he associated with.
“The only reasons I am standing trial are that I was in love with a person the prosecution has interest in. I allowed him to come live in my house and I allowed him to use my vehicle. There is no witness or forensic material to associate me with the murder,” Ms. Maribe said.
Monica was killed on the night of September 19 at her Kilimani home in Nairobi.
Maribe regretted the prosecution’s decision to charge her with murder on account of her relationship with Irungu even when there was no evidence placing her at the crime scene.
“Irungu was my fiancé as at then and in the circumstances, I definitely communicated with him. It is most unfair to use the communication between me and him in the given circumstances of our then existing relationship as a reason to deny me bail,” she argued.
On the prosecution’s claims that her house was a secondary crime scene, which she could interfere with if released on bail, Maribe said she had already surrendered it to investigators and had no intention of going there.
She said she was not home at the time the prosecution claims Irungu burned some clothes to allegedly destroy evidence.
“Any of his actions are not necessarily sanctioned or attributed to me. I was not there if there was any burning. I personally was not aware and did not endorse or authorize any burning of anything,” she said.
She stated that the spot where the prosecution says the fire was lit was not in her compound.
On claims that her car was located at Monica’s residence on the night she was murdered, Maribe stated that it was common knowledge that Irungu was her fiancé and used her car but that she could not account for the places he went with it.
She also denied being arrested or switching off her phone when investigators were looking for her, stating that all her relatives, friends and colleagues accessed and spoke to her on that day.
“Allegations that I was arrested are false. I went to Kilimani Police Station where I was interviewed and referred to DCI headquarters. I have co-operated with police in their investigations which justifies my application for bail,” she swore.
Maribe further dismissed claims that she would interfere with witnesses on account of her high profile status, saying her humble circumstances had been exaggerated and that her personal standing in society should not be used as a basis to deny her bail.
She added that she did not know the other suspect police were looking for and also had no knowledge of any money involved. She asked the court to release her on an Sh350,000 bail. Her application will be heard on October 24.
Source: The Standard
Jacque Maribe handed seven more days in custody as court fires warning to the media on coverage
Television journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu will spend another week in remand after the court set a bail hearing for next week.
On Wednesday, Justice James Wakiaga directed the probation office to file a pre-bail report in court ahead of the hearing on October 24.
The report from social workers will inform the judge’s decision when deciding whether to deny them bail.
However, it is the prosecution that has to convince the court that there are compelling reasons to deny the murder suspects their freedom.
The court directed that Mr. Irungu, who was to undergo surgery on his left arm, be taken to Kenyatta National Hospital.
Among people who were in court to give Ms. Maribe support apart from her parents are Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria and former PSCU director Dennis Itumbi.
Justice Wakiaga has, however, warned the media against reporting what has not to be tendered in court.
More days behind bars for Jacque Maribe and fiancé ‘Jowie’
Television journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’ have on Monday pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of businesswoman Monica Kimani.
The two will spend two more nights in custody after High Court Judge Jessy Lesiit ordered that they return to court on Wednesday, October 17, when they will be given a date for a hearing of their bail application.
Jacque Maribe, Joseph Irungu remanded until Monday
The High Court has ordered suspects Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu detained until Monday after a mental assessment was ordered for the television journalist.
Ms Maribe will undergo the test at Mathari Hospital in Nairobi. Justice Jessi Lessit said the suspect cannot be called upon taking plea without a mental examination.
The two suspects were presented in court on Tuesday morning and were seen furtively communicating in the dock.
Mr Irungu, whose hand was in a sling and was chewing gum while on the dock, will also get treatment for his gunshot wound.
His lawyer told the court that the arm is paralyzed and swollen as he produced a referral note from Nairobi Hospital to Kenyatta National Hospital.
During an interview with NTV, Mr. Irungu’s parents said police officers have denied him access to medical treatment since his arrest.
Maribe’s nightmare worsened on Tuesday when the Director of Public Prosecution ordered that she and Jowie be charged with the murder of Monica Kimani. DPP Noordin Haji said he independently reviewed the evidence on record and found there was evidence to warrant the charges.
Jacque Maribe explains how her fiancé shot himself
Updated on 02.10.2018
TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu had a bitter confrontation on the night Monica Kimani was murdered and the day after.
On the night of September 19, when Monica is believed to have been killed, Irungu, wearing pajamas and a pair of slippers, burst into a club in Westlands, Nairobi, visibly angry.
Earlier that day, Irungu had been spotted walking into Monica’s apartment at Lamuria Gardens off Dennis Pritt Road dressed in a kanzu, a piece of which has since been recovered from ashes of items he set on fire.
Irungu had been looking for Maribe until about 2.30 am (September 20) when he traced her to the club where she was partying with her colleagues and friends.
Maribe was seated at a corner on the rooftop of the popular 40Forty Lounge, with a group of VIPs. When Irungu tried to gain access to the area, he was stopped by security.
Irungu was agitated, causing an altercation between him and the security.
Witnesses have told police Irungu was in the company of seven other men when he arrived at the club. The VIPs are said to have exited a few minutes later, leaving Maribe, Irungu and other revelers at the club. The lovers quarreled before they left together.
At 1am on Friday, September 21, the two were together with other revelers at a different club in Kilimani when another brawl erupted.
A witness said Maribe might have made a comment that upset Irungu, prompting the altercation. She shouted at him demanding her car keys and ATM cards, a witness claimed.
“They left their table as if to talk outside, but they did not come back,” said another witness.
Maribe, in her statement, has named some of those present at the club. The police say they may call those named as a formality to confirm the claims.
It was then that they drove to Maribe’s Royal Park residence in Lang’ata, where Irungu is alleged to have tried to commit suicide using a pistol.
Maribe has changed her earlier statement and told police that Irungu tried to commit suicide in her house.
Immediately after the shooting, Irungu went to Maribe’s neighbor Brian Kasaine’s house and woke him up, telling him to take his (Kasaine) gun. The weapon was still in Maribe’s house.
Kasaine has told police he went to Maribe’s house and took the pistol, which had 28 bullets then. He also collected one spent cartridge.
Maribe and other people, who have been questioned, first took Irungu to Nairobi West Hospital, but he was not attended to in unclear circumstances.
They then drove to Kijabe Hospital and later to Lang’ata Hospital, where he was admitted until September 24.
They then went to Lang’ata Police Station and told police they had been attacked outside the house by three men who drove off on a motorbike.
Maribe went back to the house and she, together with her house girl, cleaned the scene of crime and allegedly destroyed what police have termed key evidence. The house girl has also recorded a statement.
Kasaine was arrested after the pistol, with 50 bullets, was found in the ceiling of his house.
Irungu and Maribe are key suspects in the murder of Monica.
Maribe says she was not with Irungu when the murder happened on September 19, as she was at her place of work at Citizen TV.
Citizen TV and Lamuria Gardens, where the body of Monica was found, are about 200 meters apart.
Police have since placed Irungu at the scene of the murder. The body of Monica was found in a bathtub in her apartment. Her throat was slit.
The murder weapon, believed to have been a knife, is yet to be found.
Monica Kimani murder: Jacque Maribe to remain in custody for 10 more days.
TV Journalist Jacque Maribe will spend more days in police cells, a Kiambu Court has ruled. Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku on Monday morning ruled that Maribe should spend 10 more days in police cells as investigations in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani continue.
Detectives brought Ms. Maribe to court at 8.30 am Monday and locked her up at the cells as she waited for her date with destiny.
She was taken to court a few minutes after 9 am, with the state prosecution making an application to extend her lock-up as they investigate the murder that has also seen the arrest and detention of her fiancé Joseph Kuria Irungu.
The prosecutors asked Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku to allow police to detain her for another 14 days at Gigiri Police Station in the capital Nairobi.
But her lawyer Katwa Kigen opposed the request, saying the “time requested for is unreasonable”.
The reasons were given by the prosecution, Mr. Kigen said, are not compelling.
The news anchor, who broke the news of Ms. Kimani’s death on TV, was arrested on Saturday, days after she was interrogated by detectives.
Her fiancé Irungu, the main suspect in the murder, was last week presented before Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate Stella Atambo who allowed police to detain him for 10 more days as they investigate the case.
Ms. Kimani’s body was found in a bathtub at her house in Kilimani, Nairobi, with the throat slit and hands tied at the back.
Mr. Irungu, Ms. Maribe, and their mutual friend Brian Kassaine, in whose house detectives found a gun hidden in the ceiling, are the suspects in police custody so far.
Mr. Kassaine is also expected in court this morning.
Adopted from Daily Nation
Detectives probe Jacque Maribe lover’s ‘suicide attempt’
Police believe the main suspect in the killing of a woman in an upscale city apartment may have attempted suicide.
Detectives are investigating whether the wound in Joseph Kuria Irungu’s chest was self-inflicted after ruling out his initial claim that he had been shot by assailants.
Police say from what they have gathered, Irungu may have tried to commit suicide on September 20 by shooting himself in the left side of the chest in his fiancé TV journalist Jacque Maribe’s house.
Maribe’s house-help has reportedly told police she heard a bang that night.
Maribe and Irungu had told police they were attacked inside the house but later changed the explanation, saying the said attack happened outside.
Detectives believe the shooting took place in a toilet in the house and that Irungu may have used a piece of clothing to cover the pistol’s nozzle to muffle the sound.
The investigators say a piece of cloth that was not destroyed as Irungu allegedly burnt some items in the compound in which he lived with Maribe is crucial evidence that links him to the scene of the crime.
They say Irungu’s conduct on the nights of September 19 and 20 raises questions about his possible role in the murder of Monica Kimani in her apartment off Dennis Pritt Road.
Police sources said besides inconsistent accounts given by Irungu and Maribe, the testimony of their house-help led to their detention.
On September 19, a man dressed in a kanzu visited Monica in her house in Lamuria Apartments. The next day in the afternoon, the 28-year-old woman’s body was found in a bathtub, with her throat slit.
The man in a kanzu has since been identified by witnesses as Irungu. He was positively identified by four witnesses last Tuesday at a police parade as the last man who was seen walking out of Monica’s house.
Investigators claim from Monica’s house, Irungu drove, still dressed in the blood-stained Kanzu, to the house in Langata’s Royal Park estate where Maribe lives.
He took a shower, changed clothes and grabbed the bloodstained clothing alongside some items detectives are yet to establish.
Carrying a matchbox and paraffin, Irungu is then said to have walked out of the house to a far corner within the compound, and burnt the items.
Maribe’s house-help, who was in the house, reportedly corroborated this account during her interrogation.
Police say a piece of the kanzu that did not burn completely was recovered from the scene.
They have confirmed that it is the same garb Irungu wore on the night he visited Monica.
It is not clear what else Irungu, popularly known as Jowi, burnt, but detectives collected the ashes for further analysis.
After burning the items, Irungu then drove to a club in Westlands where Maribe was.
Maribe had apparently on that Wednesday night left her workplace and driven to the club.
Witnesses said Irungu arrived at the club at about 2.30 am in the company of about seven men. He picked Maribe and they went home early on September 20.
Police believe Irungu confided to Maribe what had happened the previous night.
This is the reason they decided to arrest her. She was detained at Gigiri police station after she was interrogated for three days. Maribe was taken back to DCI headquarters where she was being grilled for the fourth day yesterday ahead of her possible arraignment.
Jacque Maribe Gave False information
Maribe and Irungu are also likely to face charges of giving false information to police.
The two had told police they were attacked inside the house but later changed the explanation, saying the said attack happened outside.
After the alleged suicide bid, they then went to three different hospitals — Nairobi West, Kijabe Mission, and Langata Hospital. This was after Irungu reportedly took the weapon to Brian Kasaine Spira, one of their neighbors. Kasaine was arrested on Saturday after police recovered the pistol with 50 bullets in his house.
Three other houses were searched on Friday night. Another house where Irungu used to live in Buruburu was searched too, but nothing was recovered. There, neighbors knew Irungu to be a police officer.
It has since emerged that the pistol belonged to Kasaine. Kasaine, who runs a popular bar in the city, is also expected in court to face various charges.
The search also led to police recovering Irungu’s passport, a cap he was wearing the night Monicah was murdered and other key evidence.
The officers believe money was stolen from Monica’s house.
“Money could be at the center of all this. We believe so and we don’t know how much,” said an official who asked not to be named.
It has emerged that after the macabre murder, the killer or killers dumped Monica’s mobile phones in a jerrycan full of water inside her house.
The mobile phones have been recovered and are being analyzed. Monica was buried in Nakuru last Friday.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said they had arrested Maribe as an accessory to the murder.
“It seems she knew about all these but all she has been doing is try to cover up for the suspect. We don’t know why,” said Kinoti.
He explained that if one did not have prior knowledge about murder but got to know and tried to assist a suspect by creating an alibi, one would be charged with accessory to murder after the fact.
Maribe told police she never knew Monica. She said she even read the news of the death and discovery of Monica’s body on the night it happened.
Maribe told police Irungu brought a gun to her house and she warned him against taking the weapon there again.
Adopted From The Standard
Jacque Maribe arrested as murder probe continues
Journalist Jacque Maribe has been arrested amid investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani, who was found dead in her apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi County, on September 20.
Gigiri police boss Richard Mugwai confirmed this on Saturday night and said she was taken to the station.
It is expected that Ms. Maribe, a Citizen TV anchor, will remain in police custody until Monday when police will prefer charges against her. She is being represented by lawyer Katwa Kigen.
Ms. Maribe was earlier questioned on the matter, to corroborate a statement by the main suspect, 28-year-old Joseph Irungu, who is her fiancé.
Police say they are interested in getting more information from her on the shooting her fiancé claims occurred near their house in Lang’ata a day after Ms. Kimani was killed.
The journalist also took Mr. Irungu to several hospitals after the alleged incident, trips which detectives are also looking into.
The officers further want to establish who owns a gun and a bullet that was found in Ms. Maribe’s bedroom and which have since been taken for examination.
Her car, a Toyota Allion, was also of interest to the detectives because Mr. Irungu was driving it on Friday— the day he claims he was shot by unknown gunmen as he left the Royal Park Apartment where the journalist lives.
On September 28, Ms. Maribe arrived at the Kilimani Police Station shortly after 2.30 pm, accompanied by lawyer Katwa Kigen and members of her family.
She spent about 30 minutes at the Kilimani Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers before being escorted to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.
Joseph Kuria Irungu will spend 10 more days in remand, a Kiambu court ordered on Wednesday.
The man accused of killing the 28-year-old Ms Kimani will be held at Muthaiga Police Station to allow detectives to complete investigations.
Ms Kimani, who had just arrived from South Sudan where she runs a family business, was on Thursday morning found dead in the bathtub of her apartment. Her throat had been slit.
Investigations show the suspect and the deceased had communicated for long and that they even planned to meet at the airport on her arrival.
Ms Kimani was buried on Friday at her parent’s home in Gilgil, a ceremony at which her family and Gilgil MP Martha Wangari called for justice.
What Jackie Maribe told police in murder probe
Updated on: 28.09.2017
Television journalist Jacque Maribe presented herself to police yesterday in an attempt to clear her name in the ongoing probe into the murder of Monicah Nyawira Kimani.
Ms Maribe, who was accompanied by her parents and lawyer Katwa Kigen, was interrogated for almost one hour at the Kilimani Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices before she was referred to the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road.
Maribe told police she was in shock and had sought refuge at her parents’ house after learning that her fiancé, Joseph Kuria Irungu, was being linked to the September 19 murder of Ms Kimani.
Kimani’s body was found in a bathtub in her Kilimani apartment, with her throat slit.
Maribe told police she did not know Kimani, adding that she had even read the news of her death the night it happened.
According to police, Maribe said Mr Irungu had not informed her of what had happened.
She also told police she had once seen Irungu with a gun in her house but had not seen it again after she warned him not to keep it in the house.
Jackie Maribe to clarify Several issues
The gun’s ownership was one of several issues police wanted Maribe to clarify.
Jackie Maribe told police she and Irungu met in a city club early this year. They fell in love and he later asked her to marry him.
She added that Irungu often used her car and would drop her at work and pick her up.
When police went to pick up Irungu from the couple’s Royal Park estate home in Lang’ata, the two were in the house.
Police later searched the house and recovered a live bullet, which has since been taken for ballistic tests.
Detectives also believe Irungu was in illegal possession of the pistol that Maribe saw, but are yet to trace it.
Then there is the mystery of where Irungu lives away from Maribe’s house.
The detectives also said they were yet to recover his identification documents, including his passport.
Jackie Maribe told police that on September 21, Irungu arrived at her house and said he had been shot and injured. She then drove him to different hospitals seeking medical attention.
The journalist’s car, a silver Toyota Allion, was yesterday dusted for fingerprints by detectives from the homicide unit. The officers said they found bloodstains in the car as well as hoes, beer cans, a weave and clothes.
The team also searched Kimani’s apartment in Lamuria Gardens off Dennis Pritt Road and carried away a number of samples for testing and analysis.
But the officers are yet to recover the clothes Irungu was wearing when he says he was shot in the chest. They have also not recovered the ‘kanzu’ he was wearing when he was spotted in Kimani’s apartment.
After the alleged shooting, Maribe and Irungu told police they went to Nairobi West, Lang’ata and Kijabe Mission hospitals.
But they also gave contradictory statements on the shooting – they initially said the attack happened in the house but later said it was outside. It is not clear whether Maribe stuck to her initial story yesterday because she was still with detectives until late evening.
Monica murder: Three men
Irungu is said to have told police he had arrived at the estate at about 1.30am on September 21 in the company of Maribe when he spotted three men standing outside their gate.
He entered the house but left to go and check why the strangers were hanging around.
Irungu told police that one of the men shot him in the left side of the chest before fleeing on a motorbike. They did not steal anything from him. He returned to the house and told Maribe what had happened.
But police say preliminary findings show no shooting was reported at the scene. Guards and neighbours interviewed told police they did not hear a gunshot. Maribe also told police she did not hear any gunshots.
Police are also waiting for a medical report to establish if Irungu’s injury was caused by a bullet.
Source: Adopted from the Standard
Why police want TV star Jacque Maribe to record statements over the arrest of fiancé Joseph Kuria Irungu in murder probe
Police want to record a statement from a TV journalist whose fiancé was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the murder of a woman in Nairobi. Homicide officers investigating the murder of Monicah Nyawira Kimani said they wanted Jacque Maribe to record a statement to clarify a number of issues that have emerged during their probe.
Jacque Maribe’s fiancé, Joseph Kuria Irungu, is in police custody following Ms Kimani’s killing. The 28-year-old woman’s body was found in a bathtub in her house in Lamuria Apartments on the afternoon of Thursday, September 20. Her throat had been slit.
Jacque Maribe car was used
Police say the car Mr Irungu was driving when he was spotted in Kimani’s house before her body was discovered is registered in Maribe’s name.
The Toyota Allion saloon car has been detained by the investigators.
“She is not responding to our calls but we have left a message for her, requiring her to come for further clarification. Even her lawyer says she is not responding to calls,” said an officer.
Jacque Maribe did not report to her workplace yesterday.
Irungu was also driving the same car at about 1.30 am on September 21, when he claimed to have been shot and wounded in the chest by a gunman who allegedly escaped on a motorbike outside their house.
On the night of September 20, Irungu had told police he had picked Maribe from a club in Kilimani and driven to their house in Royal Park estate, Langata. Irungu told police they arrived in the estate at about 1.30 am when he spotted three men standing outside.
Irungu told the police he took Maribe into the house and went back to the gate to check what was happening. That is when he claims to have been shot.
Irungu said he went back to the house and told Maribe what had happened.
Jacque Maribe told police she was drunk and drove him to Nairobi West Hospital where he was attended to and sent home. The two also told police they went to Nairobi West Hospital and Langata Hospital the same night seeking treatment for the gunshot wound. But yesterday, one of their lawyers told a Kiambu court that the couple also went to Kijabe Mission Hospital.
lawyer Cliff Ombeta to represent Jacque Maribe
Yesterday, lawyer Cliff Ombeta also said Maribe had asked him to represent her. “Yes, she contacted us for representation but no comment for now,” Mr. Ombeta replied when asked about her whereabouts. Police want clarification on the events of that night.
Both Maribe and Irungu had initially said the attack occurred in the house but later said it was outside, according to police.
The officers say preliminary findings show no shooting incident was reported at the scene. Neighbors and guards told police they did not hear any gunshots.
Police are also waiting for a medical report to establish if Irungu’s chest injury was indeed caused by a bullet.
The two have been living together since July, when Irungu publicly proposed to her at an event they streamed live on Instagram.
When the detectives went back to the house on Tuesday evening in the company of Irungu, Maribe was not present. But when police had gone to arrest Irungu earlier, at 5 am, she was in.
The team recovered a live bullet from under the bed, but not a pistol they said they had been informed that Irungu has been using at most shooting ranges in the city. Police said he has been claiming to be a licensed gun holder but this is not the case.
Irungu has been a security guard for a private firm in Dubai and Afghanistan. His other engagements remain a mystery but locally, he provided private security for VIPs.
During a police parade on Tuesday, he was positively identified by four witnesses as the last man seen walking out of Kimani’s house on September 19.
Adopted from the Standard