By NAHASHON MUSUNGU
Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe is reported to have enlisted the services of renowned murder defence lawyer Cliff Ombeta.
Ms Maribe hired the lawyer after her fiancé, Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Joe Jowi, was linked to last week’s murder of 28-year-old Monica Nyawira Kimani.
Mr Irungu was arrested after Ms Kimani’s neighbours positively identified him as the man who was last seen at the deceased’s house.
The Standard newspaper reports that Ms Maribe reached out to Mr Ombeta amid reports that she could be summoned by police to explain her whereabouts with her fiancé on the night of the murder.
“Yes, she (Maribe) has contacted us for representation but no comment for now,” the lawyer was quoted as saying.
SHOT BY GUNMEN
Maribe’s fiancé had on Friday morning gone to the Langata Police Station to report that he had been shot by gunmen as he exited the Royal Park Estate where he had dropped the Citizen TV anchor.
Mr Irungu told police that he had encountered three men who shot him and sped off using a motorbike. He had a gunshot wound on left side of his chest, just below the shoulders.
Detectives doubt his account of events.
Ms Maribe has already admitted to driving her fiancé to hospital after he was reportedly attacked and shot by thugs.
Th TV anchor joins a list of prominent people who have lately sought lawyer Ombeta’s legal services.
Others are Migori Governor Okoth Obado who facing a murder charge, the Ngirita family who were charged over the National Youth Service scandal and former NYS Director Richard Ndubai who is also accused of abuse of office and embezzling funds.
“I represent people I believe are innocent. But even if they are not, everyone deserves legal representation. The only cases I cant touch are sexual assault and rape cases. I abhor violence, whether physical or sexual against anyone,” the prominent lawyer said in a recent interview.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Ombeta, an alumnus of Friends School Kamusinga, sued Pastor James Ng’ang’a over Sh5.1 million unpaid legal fees.
The lawyer had represented Ng’ang’a following a fatal accident involving his Range Rover which left one person dead back in 2015