The house-help of former Citizen Television journalist Jacque Maribe took the stand on Thursday, November 28 where she disclosed that she was scared of Joseph Irungu alias Jowie.
Pamela Kembo told the High Court in Nairobi that she had a feeling Jowie did not like her as he would scold her often. She testified that Maribe’s ex-fiance and prime suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani once accused her of stealing rent money.
Ms Kembo told Justice James Wakiaga that was she was scared of Jowie because he would walk around the house with a gun in his pocket.
“He often got angry at me and would scold me often. At one point, he accused me of stealing money meant for house rent.
“Every time, Jowie would walk around with a gun in his pocket. As a result, I was extremely scared of him,” said Kembo.
Introduced to Jowie
She said Jacque Maribe introduced Jowie to her as an army officer working in Dubai. Kembo added that neighbours thought Jowie worked as a security officer at State House-Nairobi.
The house-help also took the court through Jowie’s day to day activities since he moved in with Maribe in June 2018. “Most times, Jowie would drive Maribe to her workplace at Citizen early in the morning and return to the house to sleep.”
Kembo recalled the events of September 19, 2018, one of the two days (19 and 20) that Monica Kimani was killed.
“On September 19, 2018, Jowie put on a brown pair of shorts, white T-shirt, sneakers, and a cap. At around 4 pm, he left in Maribe’s car carrying a bag.
“He did not return to the house that evening. He came back on Thursday afternoon — September 20 — and drove Maribe to work at around 4 pm. Jowie returned to the house but left again later in the evening, this time around, wearing a grey pair of shorts.
Events of the Night Jowie Reportedly Shot Himself
Kembo said Jowie returned to the house deep in the night but she didn’t realise until 1 am Friday, September 21.
“At around 1 am that night I heard Jowie shouting out to Brian Kasaine for help. I left my room and found Jowie’s clothes downstairs,” she recounted.
“A few minutes later, Kasaine arrived. He was saying they can’t take Jowie to hospital without an ID. I then saw Jacque come from upstairs and followed Brian and the wife outside.”
Kembo said Jowie was carried out of the house and placed on the ground. He was wearing a vest and bleeding profusely from the shoulder.
“Kasaine and Maribe carried Jowie into a car and left. I did not know where they went.
“I then went upstairs to check on Maribe’s son. Maribe’s bedroom light was on so I decided to go switch it off. On arrival, I found a gun on the floor and blood spots strewn all over.”
‘Called Terryanne Chebet For Help’
Ms Kembo also told the court that prior to being employed by Jacque Maribe in 2016, she worked for Terryanne Chebet.
“After witnessing all that, I called Terryanne Chebet and told her about the occurrences. I, thereafter, went to the living room, where I stayed awake for the remaining part of the night.
“Jowie, Kasaine and Maribe returned home at 4 am Friday, September 21. Kasaine left for his house, whereas Jowie and Maribe locked themselves in their bedroom.”
“Maribe’s mother arrived mid-morning and took Maribe’s son with her. Maribe would later leave for work at 3pm.
“Later, Jowie’s friend, Brian Kasaine, arrived and told us that he was taking Jowie back to hospital for a check-up. They never returned to the house that evening. Maribe also did not come home that night.
“The following day, September 22, Maribe returned home mid-morning. Given I was confused with what was going on at the time, I requested time off duty and went to spend the night at Terryanne Chebet’s house in Kilimani. I returned to Jacque’s house in Lan’gata the following day, September 23, a Sunday,” said Kembo.
Justice James Wakiaga directed that Jowie remains in custody until February 13, 2020, when a ruling on his bail application will be made.