In a dramatic turn of events, Jacque Maribe, the former Citizen TV presenter implicated in the 2018 murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, was unable to appear in court on Friday for the scheduled judgment delivery. Reports claim she fell ill earlier in the morning, adding another layer of suspense to the already high-profile case.
Maribe, alongside her then-fiancé Joseph “Jowie” Irungu, stood accused of involvement in Kimani’s brutal murder. Her absence prompted Justice Grace Nzioka to postpone the verdict until March 15th.
Kimani’s death, marked by a deep throat cut and found in her Nairobi apartment, sent shockwaves across Kenya. The ensuing investigation drew intense public scrutiny due to the involvement of celebrities like Maribe. The public hung onto each court appearance and twist in the narrative, captivated by the complex web of evidence and testimonies presented.
The prosecution built their case primarily on circumstantial evidence, placing Maribe and Irungu near the crime scene. The defense, however, has consistently challenged the validity of this evidence, arguing it’s insufficient to prove their involvement.
With Maribe’s sudden illness and the verdict pushed back, the Kimani murder case remains unresolved, leaving Kenyans waiting for answers and closure.
Former Citizen TV presenter Jacque Maribe, has returned to Instagram after a year-long hiatus. She announced her return in a post on September 1, 2023, writing, “The sabbatical ends. Loading…”
Maribe also shared a video montage of bonding moments with her son, Zahari, in her first post back on Instagram. She wrote in the caption, “I’m so grateful I got you Zee. My entire heart, my pride and joy.”
Maribe’s return to Instagram comes after a heated debate with comedian Eric Omondi over her son’s paternity. Omondi has claimed that Jacque Maribe refuses to do a DNA test to determine if he is the biological father. Maribe has denied these claims, saying that Omondi is lying.
In an interview in June 2023, Maribe said, “I’m tired of this nonsense. I’ve kept quiet for long. This liar called Eric should come correct or I come with receipts. And that’s on period.”
Omondi has countered Maribe’s claims, saying that there has been a challenge in determining the biological father of Zahari. In an interview with Milele FM radio presenter Ankali Ray, Omondi said, “Sasa sijui. Sijui mimi but haina shida.” (I don’t know. I don’t know if I am the father, but it’s okay.)
It is unclear whether Maribe and Omondi have resolved their dispute over Zahari’s paternity. However, Maribe’s return to Instagram suggests that she is ready to move on and focus on her son.
Today will determine the fate of former TV anchor Jackie Maribe and her ex-fiance Joseph Irungu in relation to the slaying of late businesswoman Monica Kimani. Jowie is the initial suspect in Monica’s murder case.
In 2018, he and Jacque Maribe were charged. At her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Kilimani, off Denis Pritt Road on Kitale Lane, Monica’s body was discovered.
35 witnesses who testified against the two were called by the prosecution.
The evidence they presented in court is enough to prosecute them, according to assistant DPP Gikui Gichuki, despite the fact that they have denied knowing Monica or having any involvement in her death.
“My lady the death was unlawful as indicated by all the prosecution witnesses. As per witness testimony, the first accused was placed in the house of the deceased, he was positively identified during the identification parade” – Gikui.
Gikui said at the conclusion of the case that the two “acted in concert to eliminate the deceased” with a same objective. She cited a court of appeals ruling that stated that aiding and abetting generally refers to providing assistance or being an accomplice in the commission of a crime.
Additionally, the state has requested that the court take into account the fact that Maribe did not make any effort to distance herself from Jowie’s deeds and instead assisted him in setting fire to evidence.
“The demeanour of Jowie and Maribe should also be taken into account at the time of investigations which entailed giving false information to the police during the trial where the accused in some cases missed court proceedings,”
The prosecution claimed that Jackie Maribe, the second defendant, was the first defendant’s partner at the time they were living together. Gikui then clarified that Maribe was the proprietor of the car involved in a criminal activity.
“She also allowed the gun to be kept in her house yet she had a young child. It should be noted in testimony produced in this court that she lied to the police consistently regarding how the first accused person was injured,”
Katwa Kigen, Maribe’s attorney, has countered that none of the witnesses had implicated the former television anchor with the crime.
“The case is based on circumstantial evidence; there’s no direct evidence against the second accused person,”
Media character Jacque Maribe has confessed about her relationship with Boss Managerial Secretary ICT Dennis Itumbi and columnist Sam Ogina.
The mother of one explained in a post via online entertainment that she has never been in a heartfelt connection with both of the two.
Maribe likewise tended to claims that she denied her supposed child daddy Eric Omondi, the chance for a DNA test on their child.
Maribe suggested that she has been helpful in the entire issue of paternity test.
She went on to communicate her disappointments over individuals hauling Ogina into the show.
“Road trip to heal the mind and gratitude for sane friends. Also, let me clear the air here publicly. Leave my friends alone. How and why is my friend Sam Ogina being dragged into unnecessary drama? We have never dated. Just like you said I dated Dennis Itumbi. Leave me alone,” Maribe said.
The previous Resident television anchor underscored that she had never been in a close connection with the two.
Back in January, Maribe, apparently jokingly, presented Itumbi as her dad’s child in-regulation in an Instagram story.
She had imparted a subtitled photograph of Itumbi to her dad.
“Mr Maribe and his child in-regulation, regardless of what anybody says, we remain family,” she said.
This raised theories about her relationship status.
Kenyan Comic Eric Omondi then again had recently said that he met Jacque when she was involved with Ogina.
Afterward, Maribe educated him regarding her pregnancy prompted the introduction of her child who has been at the focal point of his quarrel with the previous TV sovereign.
Jackie Maribe shocked the court when she gave testimony about her movements and whereabouts on the night Monica Kimani was murdered. According to her, she was partying with the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his entourage and they chose to go to a club based in Westlands called 40 Forty.
It should be remembered that she is charged with being party to the murder of a Nairobi businesswoman called Monica Kimani was found in her apartments with her head nearly completely decapitated.
She is accused together with her former fiance, Jowie Irungu of having either planned or helping to cover up the murder of the deceased. Her co-accused on his part revealed the gun he was found with belonged to his former neighbour and friend.
Jacque Maribe did not have a good ending in 2021 especially after her rant concerning child support; after alleged baby daddy Eric Omondi stopped supporting their now 7 year old son.
Judging from how the child support scandal went down, we have reason to believe that – there are some unanswered questions between Eric and Maribe; but I believe they said it shall be resolved behind closed doors.
Mr Maribe @maribewamwangi and his son in law @dennisitumbi no matter what anyone says, we remain family
Dennis Itumbi = Son in law?
Okay, I want to believe that the son in law was used as a polite gesture to appreciate Itumbi; for helping with her case in court.
But again, could it be that Jacque Maribe decided to settle for Itumbi after realizing how her relationship have been more of ‘character development classes;’ than a romantic affairs – I mean look at Eric Omondi and Jowie Irungu?
Just a few days ago Jacque Maribe issued a statement announcing a social media break following the dramatic baby daddy exposè she did on her page. It’s no secret that this story not only exposed her but also her 7 year old son who she says needs to be protected. True.
Anyway with everyone now asking who Maribe’s baby daddy is, the celebrated journalist feels that she has been putting up with so much pressure which she needs to take a break from.
The lass revealed this in a new post shared on her IG where she wrote;
Time out. Time to leave me alone. Time to get me time and be happy.
Leave me alone
Okay we could say that she brought this upon herself but again, it’s also a lesson well learnt. With fans sliding in her DM to ask about her baby daddy not forgetting the drunk video with Kabu and Eric, Jacque Maribe is now asking everyone to leave her alone.
As seen on a detailed post shared on her page, Maribe wrote to her fans saying;
However it appears that Eric Omondi is not happy with the stories going around about him and to prove that his baby was just acting up – the comedian decided to call her during an interview with one Mungai Eve…and yea – another mistake.
Maribe lectures Eric Omondi on phone
Speaking on phone, Jacque Maribe made it known that Eric has never been active in their sons life nor does he chip in to cover the boys expenses.
Jacque Maribe recently turned a year older and to mark this major milestone; she decided to spend her day with those she loves. Through her Instagram page Jacque who had a complicated 2020 due to the case against ex fiancé Jowie; went on to appreciate everyone who has been standing with her all through.
As seen in a detailed post shared through her social media page; she went on to thanks her friends and family for being the reason she now wears a smile on her page. If you remember well, last year (2019) the media personality did not celebrate her birthday and for this reason, she made sure to make this year’s day a bit special.
Appreciating those she loves Jacque Maribe went on to write;
This photo always reminds me of a time I was helplessly happy. And that is how I spent my birthday, happy. I have amazing people in my life that I will never take for granted. I love you helplessly, all of you I shared it with. @chemutaigoin I can’t begin to describe the love and gratitude I have for you. You are the best friend anyone could wish for. I love you. @frankkiganane you are my heart, my treasure, everything!
Friends and colleagues
Knowing very well how life changed since her break up with Jowie; most of her loved ones ensured she stays loved and comforted until she bounced back on her feet. Some of these however also happen to be her colleagues and for this reason she went on to appreciate them saying;
@kimantose2.0 so far yet you still manage to make me smile. @jcokindo I can’t even start with how grateful I am and your gift just made me cry. @bmnjule and @joeonsongo you are the friends heaven sent my way. My crew @officialelphaslagat @benkirui_ @oti you are amazing people. @eki my summer bunny I don’t know how to thank you. Richie and @jshegu too. My family my neighbors my home manager.
In conclusion, Jacque Maribe went on to say;
The @alfajirigrill establishment you always got me. @stylistcollins you made me look amazing. To everyone who called sent messages thank you so much. You are the people that made my day more so my night bright, I will treasure you always.
During her exclusive with Carole Mandi, Jacque admitted she always looked forward to holding her own baby, after two miscarriages but Eric was not.
“I think we were at different spaces in our lives. He did not look at it as a serious relationship and now we have a baby. But he still wants to have all the girls and the groupies etc,” Jacque opened up.
So they had to split and go their separate ways but still remain friends to date.
Eric and Jacque on getting back together
It is not until Jacque disclosed that Eric recently asked whether they can patch things up and get back together.
According to Jacque, given a chance, she would not go back to dating Eric but prefers their well-cemented friendship.
Sadly though, Eric Omondi feels a different way.
“He doesn’t believe it though. He recently made a joke and said, “you’re single, I’m single, we’re meant to be single so that one day we [become one],” and I was like bro!” Jacque remarked.
Jacque was shocked at the comedian’s statement, and said she was not in for that.
“I keep telling him, we kind of messed up crossing the line. We were very good friends from the beginning but given a chance to become great friends again, I would never cross that line,” Jacque admitted.
For her though, she is currently enjoying the single life and when it comes to dating again, she stated that she first needs to be good friends with the guy before moving any further.
After years of gracing our TV screens and radio airwaves, several renowned media personalities have expressed interest in vying for particular political seats come the next general elections.
Some who already started their journey but got knocked off along the way. Others hopeful that politics will bring them fulfillment as they desire to see change in different parts of the country. Let’s kick off;
Kibe Andy is not new to politics. The former Kiss FM morning show co-host contested for the the Langata parliamentary seat in 2013, but never got to see the light of day. However, indicating he is still debating whether to go back into the political field or not.
Jacque Maribe is fed up with how everyone has been on her case after being dragged into the Monica Njeri murder case thanks to fiance, Jowie Irungu.
According to reports Jacque Maribe was allegedly said to have a hand in this; but this is for the police to figure out since the case is still in court.
Anyway, having been released on bail; Jacque Maribe has been keeping a low profile for months now until her latest interview with True Magazine. Speaking for the first time since being released, Jacque Maribe clearly did not have much to say about her ex, Jowie Irungu.
Cases of retrenchments and mass firings from local media conglomerates almost became the order of the day especially after Coronavirus hit.
It is no longer a new tale in the media industry, a lesson that majority of journalists have since learnt and taken steps on in the event that they face redundancy or even for those that already have.
Once bitten, twice shy. Media professionals have now opted for second, third sources of income to sustain their families and even for financial security. However, for those that opted out of the circle or were forced out by unforeseen circumstances, self-employment has become the route to take for them. Let’s get right through it.
1. Betty Kyallo
The sassy celebrity journalist has hopped several times in the media industry especially after her exit from her first home, KTN in 2018, to join rival station K24 where she exited in May 2020. Since then, Betty has been all about her beauty parlor business, Flair by Betty among other partnerships.
2. Maalika Kazia
Late August 2020, the young beauty called it quits at KTN where she had been for the last 2 years in what she termed a new step into a different chapter. The beauty is now into content creation on her YouTube channel ‘Maalika Kazia’ where she mainly talks about her personal life.
The mother of 2 quit her plum job on Citizen TV’s Monday Special show as she went into maternity but never returned, where she soon after launched her book My First Time and has since been doing all sorts of gigs including running her enterprise Inua Dada.
The popular investigative journalist resigned from KTN in 2015 after multiple frustrations, to start his own investigative documentary series Africa Uncensored.
8. Terryanne Chebet
Terry was fired from Royal Media Services owned TV station Citizen TV in 2016, a move that totally broke her down for months before fully taking up her business empire, Keyara organics, that she had founded in 2014. She however currently holds multiple power positions in different entities.
It is no secret that Jowie Irungu and Jacque Maribe were an item at one time; and the sad part is that love story did not go far since Jowie was accused of having a hand in the murder of Monica Njeri.
The now gospel singer and the popular news anchor were then arrested; and unfortunately Jowie got to face the music as he was also said to be involved with the late business. Jowie remained behind bars for 500 days before he was finally released from the Kamiti Prison.
Of course life was not easy but looking at the brighter side; Jowie got spiritual and is now said to be living a party free. Speaking to Massawe Jappani on his latest interview, Jowie’s baby mama Ella, opened up revealing that she has no bad blood with Jacque Maribe.
This is because at the time Jowie was involved with Jacque; both her and their daughter had already excited Jowie’s life following their break up.
Ella speaks about Maribe
Since the man was no longer hers, Ella says she had no reason to hate on Maribe; and looking at her response it is no secret that Jowie has a good woman by his side. This is because not all would take this so lightly. Ella went on to say:
Jacque Maribe’s story is a unique one, starring in drama during her high school days, later landing a job at K24 with an untold story of how she got despised for challenging men in her unquenched pursuit for political journalism.
Unlike the olden days when parents would have their kids enroll in the so-called serious careers like Law, Medicine etc – her parents were fine with her passion in Journalism.
This comes barely 2 years after the journalist parted ways with Citizen TV, later hosting her birthday party in Murang´a where women present pledged their support were she to declare she would be running in 2022.
She told The Star:
It is something I would be interested in when the time is right.
Which seat she might be taking up also remains unknown. We wish her well!
Former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe crossed my mind a few days ago. Actually, I started thinking about her after I saw a photo of her ex-boyfriend Jowie hanging out with Joe Muchiri at a popular club.
I’m not saying that she is innocent. We will let the courts decide that. I was just not amused with how things played out. Not even one bit.
You see, Jacque is lady we have seen grow from an ordinary reporter to a news anchor and many people, including myself, were really rooting for her and then it was all gone in the blink of an eye.
Some people might say that it is her fault because she did not bother to do a background check on the man that she was gallivanting around town with and that she should have known better but that is; neither here nor there.
When people are in love, like we assume Jacque and Jowie were at some point, they tend to overlook certain things, it’s just human nature in my opinion.
I would not even be surprised if I learned that they are secretly seeing each other now that he has been released from prison. Some of these things are so hard to explain.
In my opinion, if she thinks that is what is best for her then should go for it. Looking back has never helped anyone and if she really ended things she should pick up the pieces and rebuild her life.
Although we would like to see her back on our screens, the chances of that happening are very slim but who said she can only be a journalist, I read somewhere that she is also an actress. I believe she can get back to doing that because as they say, when one door closes another opens.
It is no secret that Eric Omondi fathered Jacque Maribe’s son and after hiding it for years; the former lovers finally confirmed this just a while back – letting their fans know that have a child together.
However what’s confusing is how the two avoided showing any drama related issues despite having ended their relationship when their son was still quite young. The two have proven that practicing maturity is important especially when a child is involved.
Anyway since Eric Omondi confirmed he was Maribe’s baby daddy; there have been a lot of questions as fans demand to know how the comedian manages to juggle his exes who also happen to be good with each other.
However speaking to Reverend Lucy Natasha on her Live IG session; Eric for the first time set the record straight revealing who is his main woman.
Reverend Lucy Natasha and Eric Omondi
Just incase you missed it, comedian Eric Omondi revealed that he is currently not dating anyone due to personal reasons.
He went on to add that he is however in good terms with his ex girlfriend, Chantal Grazioli who broke up with him after hinting about an infidelity issue.
Well you can’t blame her for walking away especially since she knows how fine she is. The two however remain friends – but fans on social media keep suggesting Chantal has been showing signs of getting back with Eric Omondi.
Anyway, as of now both Eric and Chantal share custody of their cat, Smoothy Omondi who not spoilt but is definitely living a good life compared to the cats out here.
Maribe and Eric Omondi
As for Jacque Maribe, this is a different case since she is the mother of Eric’s first born.
And as many already know this is one of those relationships you can’t predict; since no one knows whether or not the two want to raise their child together – under one roof!
2018 was a tough year for the Maribes as their kin was arrested and charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani. But 2019 has started off well for the Maribes, they have welcomed the newest member of their family.
Jacque Maribe was arrested on September 27th 2018 in connection with the brutal murder of Monica Kimani. Her sister Cathylene Maribe was showed her full support and always showed up in court despite being pregnant then.
Cathylene Maribe has since given birth to a bouncing baby girl. The excited mother took to social media to announce the arrival of her daughter.
“My new year blessings…..#kelani…” Cathylene Maribe captioned a photo of her newborn baby.
Cathylene Maribe is now a mother to three children.
Citizen TV employee Jackie Maribe has been swimming in a lot of drama ever since she, and boyfriend Joseph Irungu, were accused of murdering Monica Kimani.
The on-going court case is being followed closely by the whole country as citizens await the ruling which will be done next year.
Fellow news anchor Betty Kyalo was asked by a fan to speak about the case recently while on an Instagram live video and she totally refused. The fan wanted to know her take but Betty said she can’t address the case.
“What can you say about Jacque Maribe?” the fan asked.
“Oh goodness! I cannot get into that topic right now.” she replied.
Instead, Betty addressed softer issues such as why she doesn’t love avocados and hates cooking eggs because of their smell.
“I don’t like the smell of the eggs she said. “Funny enough I don’t like avocado either. Unless I’m eating the avocado with sugar.”
Jacque Maribe’s woes started on September 27th when she was arrested a few hours after being summoned to Kilimani Police Station to record statement after being linked to the brutal murder of Monica Kimani.
She was finally released on bail on October 30th, but she walked out of Lang’ata women prison a day later on October 31. Jacque spent a total of 32 days in detention.
It was a tough time for Jacque who is a mother of a four year old boy. Even after her release, she still couldn’t resume normal duties at Citizen TV as conditions for her bail restricted her from going back on air or conducting interviews.
Jacque turned a year older on November 18th and her Best Friend Forever (BFF) Shix Kapienga penned an encouragement message to her.
“2018 has been a nightmare for you ma’ but that doesn’t mean 2019 will be the same…with God by your side, everything is possible!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY love.
Welcome to your break through season @jacquemaribe ❤️❤️❤️❤️,” wrote Shix Kapienga.
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