Revealed: Details of Maribe affidavit on Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu


Revealed: Details of Maribe affidavit on Joseph 'Jowie' Irungu
Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie at the Milimani Law Courts on Monday, October 15, 2018. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The affidavit states that Irungu lacks a fixed residence and was living at Maribe’s house which has been identified as a secondary scene of crime with the prosecution saying the two might interfere with the scene once released.
  • Prosecutors also claim Maribe is a media personality associated with persons of influence and her release might pave way for intimidation of key witnesses.
  • Irungu has been in custody since his arrest on the September 25,2018 while Maribe was arrested on 0ctober 1, 2018.

Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe has confirmed that her fiancé and co-accused Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’ indeed shot himself in her house in Langata.

In a sworn affidavit presented in court, Maribe narrates how she first met Jowie at a Jubilee party event in Nairobi.

“He used to work as a VIP security to Madam Joyce Lay, the former Taita Taveta Woman Representative. He was residing at BuruBuru Phase III with his two friends,” the document reads.

According to Maribe, Jowie worked as a private military in Dubai full-time.

On the ill-fated night of September 19, 2018, he reportedly got to the house in Lang’ata where they both lived while she was in bed.

“….by the time, I had already gotten into bed. He then went to the walk-in closet. I heard a sound like that of a gunshot and jumped out of bed and found him lying on the floor. He had blood on his upper left chest area,” said Maribe.

“I panicked and ran back into my bedroom. I got my phone. When I turned back to the closet area he was not there…” she added.

In the statement that the Prosecution now believes will exonerate the TV anchor, Maribe further states that she looked outside the window and saw him at their neighbour Brian Kassaine’s house.

But even so, the Prosecution remains adamant that releasing the two on bail would highly interfere with investigations.

The affidavit states that Irungu lacks a fixed residence and was living at Maribe’s house which has been identified as a secondary scene of crime with the prosecution saying the two might interfere with the scene once released.

Prosecutors also claim Maribe is a media personality associated with persons of influence and her release might pave way for intimidation of key witnesses.

Appearing for the second time before Justice Jessie Lessit at the Milimani Law Courts the two however pleaded not guilty to the joint charge of murdering 28-year-old Monica Nyawira Kimani.

In the meantime, both Irungu and Maribe will remain at the Industrial Area Remand and Lang’ata Womens’ Prison respectively until the mention of the bail application case to be heard by a different court on Wednesday October 17, 2018.

Irungu has been in custody since his arrest on the September 25,2018 while Maribe was arrested on 0ctober 1, 2018.

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