How detectives are connecting Jacque Maribe to Monica Kimani’s murder

TV Anchor Jacque Maribe when she arrived in court./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: Detectives investigating the murder of slain businesswoman Monica Kimani have revealed why they think Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe is linked to the murder.

The detectives who were on Monday granted a request by a Kiambu court to have Jacque Maribe in custody for 10 more days had expressed fear that Maribe’s popularity and huge social media following could interfere with ongoing investigations.

In a court affidavit seen by Baraka FM, the detectives believe Maribe knowingly assisted the main suspect to cover up the crime as a burnt Kanzu and jacket recovered from Jacque’s house in Langata are believed to be  the ones worn by the suspect who happens to be Jacque’s fiance Joseph Irungi alias Jowie on the material day the crime was committed.

“Some of the key exhibits in the case i.e a kanzu and a jacket were partly burnt at the residence of respondent and it is believed that this was done with the respondent’s full knowledge,” read the affidavit by lead detective Maxwell Otieno.

Detectives believe that Mr. Irungu shot himself on the night of 20th/21st just a day after Monica was found murdered.

Earlier on, Jacque Maribe had recorded a statement at the Kilimani police station in regard to the said shooting claiming that Mr Irungu had been shot at by three-man gang who fled on a motorbike near the gate of their house , however, detective’s gathered that a day after  Monica’s murder, Jacque had a heated argument with  Mr. Irungu who is a prime suspect in the murder before he attempted suicide by shooting himself on the shoulder.

It has also emerged that Mr. Irungu had acquired a gun from a neighbor on several occasions including on the material day he attempted to shoot himself.

The neighbor who is a suspect in the case has since has been questioned by detectives in regards to the incident.

After the shooting incident, detectives indicate that Mr Irungu had rushed to the said neighbor’s house asking the neighbor to go pick the gun from Ms. Maribe’s house.

“That according to the suspect whose identity is concealed, he rushed into the said house no 626 and found the firearm in issue together with 28 live ammunitions of 9mm and one spent cartridge on the floor at the entrance to the walk-in closet adjacent to the master bedroom on the upper floor of the house,” read the affidavit.

A 9mm bullet was recovered by detectives at Jacque and Mr. Irungu’s residence.

An iPhone 7+ with a Safaricom sim card belonging to Jacque Maribe has been confiscated as detectives believe it contains evidential material.

Detectives have also indicated that Jowie was seen on CCTV footage driving a Toyota Allion registration number KCA 031E which belongs to Jacque Maribe near Monica’s apartment in Kilimani.

The vehicle has been so far been impounded by detectives and on Friday, detectives dusted the vehicle in a bid to look for more links.

Last week, detectives acquired an order from the Kiambu law courts seeking to detain Mr. Irungu for 10 days to allow them complete investigations.