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Jacque Maribe arraigned over murder, to be detained longer

Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe was on Monday arraigned at a court in Kiambu over the murder of Kilimani woman Monica Kimani.

The journalist appeared in court with lawyer Katwa Kigen after spending two nights at Gigiri Police Station.

In court, Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku allowed police to detain Maribe for 11 more days to facilitate further investigation.

The magistrate enhanced Maribe’s detention days to 11 after lawyers pointed out to him that Moi Day was declared a holiday by High Court last year.

She will be detained at Gigiri Police Station.


Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen had opposed the application by prosecution for more days, saying the time requested is unreasonable. He argued that the reasons given by police are not compelling.

Kigen wanted Maribe to be detained until Friday this week.

Jacque Maribe with her lawyer Katwa Kigen in court.
Jacque Maribe with her lawyer Katwa Kigen in court.

Magistrate Kituku however said he was convinced by reasons presented by prosecution and granted police 10 more days, insisting they are not “10 working days but 10 days”.

Ms Maribe was arrested on Saturday and was held at Gigiri Police Station.

Her fiance Joseph Kuria Irungu was last week produced before Kiambu Senior Residents magistrate Stella Atambo who allowed the police to detain him for ten days to facilitate further investigation.

The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti last week said that police have acquired sufficient evidence to charge Maribe with the murder of Monica Kimani.