New details about Kenya’s ‘Man of the hour’ Joseph Kuria Irungu, popularly known as Jowie, have emerged from some of the teachers who interacted with the murder suspect.
The 28-year-old, who is suspected of killing Monica Kimani, at one point in his education studied at Langalanga Secondary, in Nakuru. He only spent one year at the day school and it is still unclear if he completed his high school education.
“According to the admission book in the school, Mr Irungu joined Form One in 2006 and left in 2007. He did not write his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) at Langalanga,” a teacher who did not want to go on record told Nation.
Teachers at Langalanga said they were unable to trace his whereabouts after he left the school in 2007.
“We were unable to establish whether he continued with his secondary school education or he dropped out after he left Langalanga Secondary School in 2006,” said a teacher at the school.
She said it was difficult to ascertain Jospeh Irungu’s character and behaviour since he only stayed for one year.
“Form Ones are cheeky and it takes time to learn their true characters and in his case it was tricky as he left after one year.”
The teacher said Irungu’s Form One admission documents indicate that he had been a pupil at Carol Academy in Racetrack estate, where he sat his Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE) in 2005.
“He joined Carol Academy at Class Five. Teachers in school were surprised to see his photograph in the newspaper as a murder suspect,” a teacher at Carol Academy said.
She added that Joseph Jowie Irungu was a good pupil and an entertainer during the school extra-curricular activities.
“He was one of the school’s best entertainers. How he changed his character and behaviour is still a mystery to most of the teachers who handled him,” said the teacher.
Irungu’s home in Lanet on the outskirts of Nakuru town is tucked between Kiratina estate and Lanet Baracks. He is the second-born in a family of two boys and two girls.
Joseph Irungu was a founder member of a church choir called Agape Stormers, a band that entertained people in Naivasha and Nakuru towns.
He attended Agape Church situated in Pangani estate off the busy Kanu Street in Nakuru.