My Girl Squad Abandoned Me – Jacque Maribe

File image of Jowie Irungu in court on November 21, 2019
  • Media personality Jacque Maribe has narrated that most of her female friends abandoned her in 2018 after she was involved in a highly publicised murder case.

    Maribe, alongside her ex-fiance Joseph Irungu, is facing charges of murdering businesswoman Monica Kimani, whose body was found in her Lamuria Gardens home on September 20, 2018.

    Speaking during an interview with True Love, Maribe stated that she was part of a group of friends that was widely regarded as “goals” in reference to public admiration and publicity they received. 

    File image of Jowie Irungu in court on November 21, 2019

    “People I thought I was very close to. I even heard that some did public statements, disassociating themselves from me. People we were seen on holiday with. Being told we’re squad goals and things like that.

    “I will be very honest with you, I have like two female friends to date who stood by me from the beginning,” Maribe stated.

    She added that her family was the greatest beacon of hope and they never questioned her quilt or innocence.

    On the other hand, Maribe accused some of her media colleagues of falsifying information surrounding the case.

    “I got to a place and I was zombified. Everyone is talking in your ear and there is so much commotion and all you hear is noise. From covering the news, I was now the news. These were my colleagues writing about me and some of the stories, were not true,” she said.

    The journalist also spoke about her 17-day stay at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison.

    At first, she disclosed, the other remandees were not comfortable engaging with her, saying that she was a celebrity.

    “It was tough being at Lang’ata Women’s prison but I appreciate everything that happens in my life. Sometimes I’d laugh it off when they say that I am a celebrity and that they cannot talk to me,” she added.

    Over time, however, Maribe bonded with them and some got to tell her stories that had led them to the facility.

    “We’d even make each other’s hair sometimes. Some would share their stories saying that they had also been in a situation like I was in. As a journalist, I was so curious,” she said.

    A file photo of journalist Jacque Maribe
    A file photo of journalist Jacque Maribe

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