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How and Why Joe “Jowie” Irungu Killed Monica Nyawira Kimani




Joe Irungu is being held in connection to the gruesome murder of Monica Nyawira Kimani who was found dead in her apartment along Dennis Pritt road in Kilimani.

According to our sources in South Sudan and Nairobi, Monica went to South Sudan on the invitation of her father who was popular as the go-to newspaper vendor in Juba, serving the Kenyan community with their favourite newspapers without fail.

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Bishop Paul Ngarama sold newspapers for many years until 2013 when he invited members of his family over to Juba where they trooped in on a bus. Through the newspaper vendor, and now Bishop’s connections, Monica Nyawira was able to secure a job at the Kenyan embassy in Juba.

Bishop Paul Ngarama who is Monica Kimani’s father was never a rich man. He was a newspaper vendor who later met missionaries in Juba and their associates who ordained him as bishop. Bishop Ngarama never attended any theological school.

He is the founder of Rebuilding Apostolic Faith Mission church with branches in South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

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The pretty lady was able to start relationships, some romantic or otherwise with various well connected South Sudan leaders and diplomats. The ambitious businesswoman, used her connections to help the high ranking officials to sneak money out of the country.

At some point, Kimani procured computers, vehicles and generators and supplied them after which she was also paid extra money which she laundered on behalf of the South Sudan government officials.

The deceased’s latest ‘business partner’ was the current Deputy Speaker (Daniel Awet Akot) who funded her expensive lifestyle and helped her secure a lot of cash and travel with the same to Nairobi.

South Sudan Deputy Speaker Daniel Awet Akot who has been dating Monica Kimani| Courtesy

Using the cover of the Deputy Speaker who is also a renowned general in the South Sudan military, Monica was able to avoid the hassle of regularly being blocked from travelling with huge amounts of cash to Kenya from South Sudan.

Soon, Monica thought that the 70-year old South Sudan Deputy Speaker could not offer her the sexual satisfaction and lifetime companionship she needed. So when the hunky Joe “Jowie” Irungu privately messaged her few months ago, she didn’t hesitate to get interested and soon opened up to her.

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Even the widely publicised engagement between Joe and Jacque Maribe didn’t dampen the spirit of Monica whose family was enjoying her deep connections and loads of cash and influence which she was now enjoying.

Maribe met Jowie sometime this year and quickly got engaged in June, something that wreaks of desperation. Those close to the Citizen TV journalist say that she wears the pants in the house; footing all the bills while the hunk parties his life away.

Soon after the engagement, Joe who bragged to the police that the case ‘will go nowhere’ moved in with Ms Maribe. It is a known fact that he does not have a place of his and when he is not in Dubai, he puts up with friends.

It has also been said that he stayed over at the deceased Luciane Apartment whenever she was away for business.

While Monica was not pushing her limits knowing that Joe was aware of her relationships with the South Sudan methuselah, she was sure that being jobless, Joe depended on her and she loved the sex and warm embrace while with him in Kenya. But Joe Irungu aka Jowie was scheming on how to get his hands on the money Monica brought home and disappear with the same. He didn’t love Monica even one little bit.

Bishop Paul Garama and wife | Courtesy

So Joe hatched a plan to have it all and end Monica’s life. Joe is a trained killer who previously worked with private military contractors attached to the US homeland security, O’Gara Group, before later joining another one called KBR.


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Apart from the few private protection assignments locally, Joe Irungu has generally been jobless. He was private security guard of then Senator Joyce Lay during the 2017 political campaigns but after losing the seat, the former senator couldn’t sustain him.

Joe (L) and Monica (R)

Joe was later to team up with others and provide additional security and surveillance services to Jubilee party during various events including the second inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2017 election. Questions are being raised by senior military and police officers why special forces in the army and police were not used instead of the private mercenaries.

Some politicians in the opposition coalition NASA camp even believe that Joe Irungu and 3 others were responsible for the high profile assassinations and harassment of the coalition leaders in the run up to the 2017 election.

According to those who knew Monica and her ways of doing things, it seems that she bragged to someone who later leaked the message to Joe that she was going to get her money and use the same to do some shopping in Dubai where she was scheduled to go for holiday.

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Joe planned his robbery so meticulously but ignored the very obvious. He picked Monica from the airport in Jacque Maribe’s car, a Toyota Allion that was on Thursday dusted for fingerprints.

Detectives say that they found blood stains, a wig, beer cans in the car that is now at Kilimani Police Station.

He dropped the lady at her apartment, had sex with her then proceeded to get her to reveal how much and where she kept the money she was carrying. That information seems to have spelled the end of Monica’s life since Joe, the trained killer, ended the life of Monica Nyawira Kimani then proceeded to escape from the apartment with the undisclosed amount of money.


Joe’s desperation for money was witnessed early this year when he sent a message to friends and key politicians claiming that one of his relatives was dead. When some of his relatives got wind and came out to deny such, forcing Joe to eat humble pie and apologise to his friends and relatives, including sitting MPs and cabinet secretaries.

Joe ignored his semen which was still fresh from the sexual intercourse and the footprint he left all over the city. Joe’s only hope and wish after the gruesome murder he committed was to never be found and proceed to marry jacque Maribe who was demanding a more expensive lifestyle which Joe couldn’t sustain.

Knowingly or unknowingly, Monica Kimani’s brother claimed that she came from the airport in a Taxify taxi. That might not be true but might be a way in which Joe was trying to mask his footprints by telling the lady to say that she was in a taxi.

Even with Jacque Maribe’s desperate attempt to arrange various media engagements for Joe to clean his image, he has proven to be a serious risk in all aspects.

Currently, Joe Irungu’s only hope is Jacque Maribe’s connections in State House and beyond. His hope is that the highly placed government officials would magically help terminate his investigation, allowing him to escape with the money he robbed Monica Nyawira Kimani and then killed her.

Before starting to date Jacque Maribe, Joe Irungu was romantically involved with Maureen Kahehu who he dated and even slept with her sister leading to the break-up.

But remember that even while knowing the woman well and her association with her boyfriend, Jacque Maribe was the Tv host who announced the death of Monica Kimani.

Joe will be held at Muthaiga Police Station for 10 days to allow the DCI conduct investigations into the brutal murder.

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Our wizards saw the Brave New World, but none saw coronavirus





Last year in December, Nation Media Group held its first Kusi Ideas Festival in Kigali. The festival tried to peer ahead the next 60 years in Africa.

There were many Brave New World ideas about how that future might look like, and also the perils that progress almost always brings. Needless to say, no one saw Covid-19 coming.

A futurist curtain-raiser in The EastAfrican, titled Africa in 2079, came close to outlining a mirror universe to the one Covid-19 is bequeathing us.

Between London, Zimbabwe, and the corners of Africa where Econet’s fibre optic network reaches, Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chairman of Econet Wireless and former chair of the board of AGRA wrote:

“I recently invested in a tech start-up that has created an Uber-like platform for tractors, enabling farmers to link up with a central database and order a tractor via SMS…freeing the farmer from the drudgery of the hoe. This service is particularly valued by women farmers, enabling them to circumvent social norms that might otherwise hamper their ability to hire a tractor.” From wherever we are hiding from the virus, unable to roam the farm, Uber farming could be the new way a lot of our food is produced.


From Tanzania, Aidan Eyakuze, who is executive director of Twaweza East Africa and has been confined in-country as an elegant prisoner for nearly two years because of his love of inconvenient data, painted an intoxicating but strange utopian-dystopian picture of Africa at the end the century.


By 2079, he foresaw the “vast majority of Africans earn their living through multiple micro-tasking (MMTs) ever since every ”job” was unbundled into its component tasks…leaving only those unbundled micro-tasks needing social intelligence, creativity or dexterity to be done by people. All ”taskers” are always-on private contractors who bid relentlessly for the privilege of tasking.

Incomes are kept low by the relative scarcity of tasks requiring the human touch.

“The unrelenting competition for tasks is both stressful and socially divisive — you are competing against everyone all the time…even marriages have renewable term limits, ‘in case someone better comes along.’” With work-from-home regimes, the former has come 78 years earlier.

Indeed, even for the latter, more people now probably think being cooped up with the same man or woman in the house “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part,” is a very archaic model.

Between Italy and Kenya, the Society for International Development’s Arthur Muliro, peered into a what a truly borderless Africa might look. Among others, his gaze settled on, of all places, Libya.

“Libya…was now welcoming other Africans and allowing them to settle. The peace deal that had come after a decade of civil war was holding and there was new optimism, in part boosted by the arrival and expansion of new migrant groups who had settled there and were helping rebuild their adopted country.”

On a close re-reading, turns out Aidan hinted that Turkey, which jumped in the Libyan fray as the coronavirus made its way out of Wuhan, might have something to do with it.

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Stadiums progress welcome – Daily Nation






Last week, the Sports ministry’s top officials, led by Chief Administrative Secretary Hassan Noor Hassan and Principal Secretary Joe Okudo traversed the country to access the ongoing construction of stadiums.

President Uhuru Kenyatta also made an impromptu tour of the Nyayo National Stadium to ensure that all is well besides giving Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed full support. That has made sure that renovation works resume at all the stadiums — including Kasarani, Nyayo, Kipchoge Keino, Kamariny and Wote — and that everything is running on schedule.

Upon completion of some of these arenas, the country will have positioned itself to host major world events, especially in football, athletics and basketball. The ministry must, therefore, ensure that, while it has given contractors an ultimatum to finish their work, it also insists on quality delivery.

But there are concerns about work at county stadiums, especially in Mombasa, where those who redesigned the arena have done away with the internationally approved running track.

The new stadium has been designed for football only hence won’t host any track and field events. The four lane track will only be for warm up and this has raised eyebrows.

Mombasa County Chief Sports Officer Innocent Mugabe said Bububu grounds in Likoni and Kenya Ports Authority’s Mbaraki Sports Club will be upgraded for sports use. Mombasa being at low altitude, it is suitable for staging major World Athletics events, having staged the 2007 World Cross Country Championships.


Kenya is bidding to host the 2025 World Championships in Athletics and Mombasa can easily be the venue with a good stadium in place. There is still time to build a county stadium.

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Ensure reopening of schools runs smoothly






When Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha announced a fortnight ago the postponement of school reopening to January next year, he gave an exception. Universities, teacher training colleges and technical training institutions were directed to be ready to reopen in September.

Consequently, they were asked to put in place safety measures prescribed by the Health ministry, including reorganising classrooms and hostels to ensure social distancing. Just a month to the planned reopening, are those institutions really prepared?

In the past few days, Prof Magoha has convened meetings with the heads of the institutions to plan for the reopening and visiting the colleges to assess their preparedness. Preliminary reports from these engagements indicate that just a few institutions are ready.


At the university level, so far, only Strathmore has been declared ready for reopening. Ensure reopening of schools runs smoothly

For teachers’ colleges, three — Murang’a, Kibabii and Kericho — have met the threshold. Assessment is ongoing for the technical training institutions.


But the broad observation is that most of the institutions are not ready. Though not surprising, most of them are ordinarily in poor state and Covid-19 has just exposed them. Beyond the situation, long-term actions are required to revamp and revitalise them.

Reopening the colleges in September will be the starting point for relaxing restrictions in the education sector. The reason for beginning with colleges is that they have mature students who understand the health protocols and can, therefore, take care of themselves and minimise infections. Their experience would then inform plans for reopening primary and secondary schools.


Closure of schools and colleges has dealt a huge blow to education. Learners in schools have lost a whole year and have to repeat classes next year. This comes with high social, economic and psychological. Indeed, this is the first time in history that schools are being closed for a year.

The last time the education sector suffered most was in 1982, when, following an abortive coup, the University of Nairobi and then-Kenyatta University College were closed for nine months. That created a major backlog and that took five years to clear. This is the reason steps should be taken at the earliest opportunity to mitigate the damage.

The challenge, therefore, is for the colleges to work on those health protocols to prepare for reopening. All other sectors, such as transport and tourism, are reopening and, therefore, colleges have no reason to lag behind. We ask the management of the institutions to expedite the required processes and get ready for reopening in September as directed.

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