BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,9TH OCT 2018-Citizen Television news anchor Jacque Maribe will face murder charges alongside her fiancé Joseph Irungu also known as Jowie following the death of businesswoman Monica Kimani in Nairobi last month.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Tuesday said he has sanctioned murder charges against the duo after reviewing the evidence gathered by detectives so far.
“I am satisfied that there exists a prima facie case to warrant criminal prosecution,” Mr Haji stated. “I have therefore directed that they be immediately arraigned before the High Court and charged accordingly.”
By excluding Mr Brian Kassaine, the other suspect in police custody over Ms Kimani’s September 19 murder, it means he will be a State witness in the case against the couple.
Ms Kimani, 28 and a South Sudan-based businesswoman, was killed in her Lamuria Gardens apartment, off Dennis Pritt Road in Nairobi. She had been tied up, her mouth taped shut and throat cut by what police have described as a “highly trained assassin”.
Mr Irungu, a bodyguard who has worked for private security companies in the Gulf and Afghanistan, was arrested on September 24. On Monday, he was taken for psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.
Ms Maribe and Mr Irungu were set to be arraigned on Tuesday and charged with murder.