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Former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe was in the company of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on the night of September 19, 2018, one of the two nights in which investigators suspect Monica Kimani was killed in her Kilimani apartment.

The court heard that the other possible date of the murder is September 20.

A witness in the case told the High Court Wednesday that Jacque Maribe was with Sonko at 40Forty Lounge in Westlands, Nairobi on the night of September 19, 2018.

Chelagat Ruto told Justice James Wakiaga that Maribe spent the night of September 19 at the 40Forty Lounge in the company of Sonko, herself [Chelagat] and another lady identified as Juliet, who was Chelagat’s friend.

She testified that Joseph Irungu, aka Jowie, joined the three at about 1 am on a Thursday, September 20.

According to Chelagat, she first met Maribe in early 2017, and, thereafter, struck up a friendship with her. “Jacque later in 2017, introduced her partner, Jowie, to me,” she said.

Chelagat, who was in Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja’s campaign team in the lead-up to the August 8, 2017 general election, recounted the chronological account of events on September 19.

“On that day, I went to Road House restaurant on Dennis Pritt Road at 6:30 pm. I met my friend Juliet. At the same restaurant, there was Jowie and his male friend, whom I would describe as a tall and dark-complexioned man,” said Chelagat.

She stayed at the restaurant up to around 8:45 pm and left for Citizen TV, which is located a few meters away from the restaurant.

Chelagat says she had gone to the TV station at the invitation of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who was to be the guest on Jeff Koinange Live show that evening.

Before leaving for the station, Chelagat said Jowie and his friend left at around 8:30 pm.

“At Citizen, I parked my vehicle, a white Range Rover, at Q-Lounge and accessed Citizen premises alongside Governor Sonko,” she said.

While at the TV station, I met Jacque Maribe, who requested us to wait for her to complete the day’s work so that she could accompany us to 40Forty Lounge.

“At around 11:30 pm, still on the night of September 19, 2018, we left for the Westlands entertainment joint in Jacque Maribe’s car. Sonko’s convoy followed, thereafter. While at 40Forty, I was seated with Maribe, Sonko and Juliet, when Jowie joined us at around 1 am Thursday [September 20]. Jowie was still dressed in the same outfit – brown khaki pants, a white T-shirt and a maroon cap,” recounted Chelagat.

The witness added: “Jowie, however, chose a table of two, which was located a few meters from where we were seated. He took beer.”

At around 4 am, Chelagat left the lounge in the company of her friend, Juliet, whereas Maribe and Jowie left in the former’s car.

“A few days later, I learnt that a young woman had been killed in her house in Kilimani. I was shocked that Maribe and Jowie, who I have never had any differences with, were linked to the murder,” the witness submitted.

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