NGO files case over ‘shoddy’ Maribe murder investigation

October 21, 2018 (4 weeks ago) 4:30 pm
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Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie are in remand having pleaded not guilty to murder charges while a GSU officer was arrested on Friday over the case/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 21- A Non-Governmental Organisation known as “Empowering Africa through Media” has questioned the Monica Kimani murder probe, raising fears that justice may not be served after all.

Through an affidavit submitted to the High Court, the NGO Chairperson Josiah Murigu wonders why the prosecution has proceeded with the case without taking statements from those who spent time with TV journalist Jacque Maribe on the night Monica was murdered in her Kilimani apartment.

Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie are in remand having pleaded not guilty to murder charges while a GSU officer was arrested on Friday over the case.

The court is set to hear a bail application from Maribe and Jowie next Wednesday.

Murigu argues that the two murder suspects are entitled to be released on bail, saying opposing it is old-fashioned.

“The Director of Criminal Investigations has exhibited desperation in the quest for incriminating evidence and has been more or less running like a headless chicken to the extent of planting spies at the Gigiri police station where the 2nd accused person (Maribe) had been held for close to two weeks,” reads the affidavit.

In his statement, Murigu says that his organisation has instructed private investigators to probe the case independently.

Maribe has since sworn an affidavit distancing herself from her boyfriend saying she was just an innocent lover and that the prosecution has nothing implicating her directly or indirectly with the murder.

She stated that the prosecution had neither witness accounts nor forensic material associating her with the murder of Monica, a person she insisted she had no knowledge of.

“I had no motive to kill the deceased. I didn’t participate directly or indirectly in it. No motive is alleged with regard to me,” she averred.

“Further, the lack of ingredient of motive goes in the strength of the alleged case against us/me,” she further wrote under oath.

In her affidavit, Maribe pleaded for admission to bail on reasonable grounds praying that the cash bail is set at an amount not exceeding Sh350,000 with a similar surety.

The Citizen Television news anchor denied knowledge of Irungu’s whereabouts on the night of September 19 when he is said to have allegedly murdered Monica at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani.

The Friday Night host also denied knowledge of burning clothes Irungu is suspected to have worn on the fateful night saying she was not aware of the incident neither did she approve the burning.

READ: I was just an innocent lover: Maribe hangs Jowie out to dry

Similarly, Maribe denied knowledge of monies Monica who had just returned from Juba in South Sudan could have been carrying when she was killed at her apartment.

She termed her linking to Monica’s murder “wholly weak circumstantial association.”

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