Family of woman murdered in Kilimani apartment speaks out


Monica Kimani's parents Paul and Millicent. Photo/ANN NGIGE
Monica Kimani's parents Paul and Millicent. Photo/ANN NGIGE

In Summary

  • He said they were in university together back in 2012 but lost track of each other after completing their education.
  • They later reunited after Jowie and his sister became friends, in what he suspects developed through social media.
  • He further claims that Jowie at one time tried wooing Monica into a romantic relationship but she declined.

The family of the late Monica Kimani, who was murdered in her Kilimani apartment, have finally broken their silence.

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On Tuesday, Citizen Digital found them preparing for her burial which is scheduled for Friday in Gilgil.

Her father Paul Ngarama said Monica has been living in South Sudan for about seven years but moved back to the country three months ago.

“She was a hardworking and successful lady who recently bought a car for her mum and who would work extra hard to take care of us,” he said.

The 28-year-old is said to have been taking care of their family business: Millipaul General Trading, an establishment named after their parents.

Pictures of Monica Kimani on a poster at the family home. Photo/ANN NGIGE
Pictures of Monica Kimani on a poster at the family home. Photo/ANN NGIGE

 

Her brother George Thiru Kimani, revealed that he and the suspect, Joseph Kuria Irungu also known as Jowie, were friends.

He said they were in university together back in 2012 but lost track of each other after completing their education.

They later reunited after Jowie and his sister became friends, in what he suspects developed through social media.

He further claims that Jowie at one time tried wooing Monica into a romantic relationship but she declined, apparently because he was ‘not her type’.

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Even though the two ‘hang out’ several times, George indicated there was no intimate relationship, only describing him as a mutual friend.

Monica Kimani was scheduled to meet her family on that fateful morning after landing from South Sudan.

Her mother had tried to reach her and when she did not pick her calls, requested George to go to her apartment and check on her.

George was the first family member to arrive at the scene of the murder after also making frantic calls to his sister that went unanswered.

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Accompanied by another relative, George went to Luciane Apartments on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road where she staying.

When they arrived, they approached two guards and the caretaker, explained the situation and requested to be allowed into the premises.

They knocked on the door several times but there was no response; they then requested permission from the landlord to be allowed to break down the door.

George discovered his sister’s body in the bathtub with her hands and legs tied with a white cable and her phone by her side.

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According to him, she had a deep cut on her throat and a knife suspected to have been used by the murderer was also next to the body.

He also noticed that Monica did not have clothes on below her waist apart from a panty which was torn on one side.

Police launched investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani which culminated to Jowie’s arrest on Tuesday.

A requiem mass will be held on Thursday at MKU grounds after which Monica will be to laid to rest in Gilgil the following day.

Her boyfriend only identified as Mohammed is also expected in the country for the burial, Monica’s mother Millicent said.

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