Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Jacque Maribe: How Monica Kimani’s murder charges changed my life

Jacque Maribe Life: Former Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe has opened on how her life changed after she was charged with murder.  Ms. Maribe and her former lover Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, are currently facing murder charges. They are accused of killing businesswoman Monica Kimani, whose body was found in her Lamuria Gardens home on September 20, 2018.

When presented in court in 2018, they pleaded not guilty to the crime and are out on bail. Maribe was, on October 30, 2018, released on Sh. 1 million cash bail. Her ex-fiancé, however, wasn’t equally as lucky as he was detained for over 500 days, before finally being granted a Sh. 2 million cash bail by High Court judge, James Wakiaga, on February 13, 2020.

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Following an October 2018 court directive, which barred Maribe from anchoring news bulletins or interviewing news sources, the undeniably talented journalist was redeployed to the news-editing department as the lunchtime news editor. News editors usually go through reporters’ scripts to eliminate structural, grammatical and factual errors.

Maribe dispensed her duties as an editor until July 3, 2019, when she was told to resign after requesting for time off work over “personal reasons”, only to be seen throwing her support behind former State House digital strategist Dennis Itumbi, who had been arrested and arraigned on claims of authoring and circulating a fake letter alleging that four ministers had plotted to kill Deputy President William Ruto.

Since that day, very little of Maribe was seen or written in media outlets. The journalist describes the months following the murder charge as a “rollercoaster of a ride”.

In a teaser video of an online production about her life post-arraignment, Maribe said she has since picked herself up and is working to reclaim her throne.

Describing her life pre-arraignment, Maribe said: “You feel like everything is falling into place, and everything is making so much sense… until one day you have no idea what the world just decides to do… Like, literally, [everything is brought to] a standstill.”

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She said she cringed to see a career and brand she had taken years to build crumble in a matter of days.

“Something that you love doing so much, it is…. (Takes a deep breath). I don’t know. It (life post-arraignment) has been a rollercoaster of a ride… Trying to take it all in, trying to smile even though you know you can’t [afford a genuine smile]. But, instead of allowing yourself to be down, do you know what you should do? You get back up, and take it by the horns!” said Maribe.

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