A female friend described him as a handsome young man who never drove the same flashy car for long and no drink was too expensive for him.
Another quickly quips: “He is creepy.”
Joseph Jowie Irungu is the man on the lips of many not only because he was set to marry one of the most celebrated faces on Kenyan TV- Citizen TV’s Jackie Maribe – but also as the chief suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani two weeks ago in Nairobi’s Kilimani area.
The manner in which she was killed — by having her mouth taped shut to stop her from raising the alarm, her hands tied at the back, legs tied too, rendering her helpless, and the cold precision with which her neck was nearly severed — had the air of a Movie scene about it.
Even the act of leaving the water running in the bathtub to drain away the blood had the same air of a trained and experienced killer.
His celebrity lifestyle and fine taste, as well as his dramatic fall all seem so unreal.
From the entertainment spots he frequented in the city and outside the country, it is clear that Jowie has a particularly scathing appetite for the good life.
Locally, Kiza in Kilimani, Jiweke Tavern on Ngong Road, and 1824 on the opposite side of the city on Lang’ata Road are his favourite watering holes. It is here that he enjoyed expensive whiskey and the company of friends before it all came tumbling down.
His manner of dressing, mostly cool jackets, fancy shoes and T-shirts, oozes extravagance and fine taste.
A friend and former classmate, who did not wish to be named said that Mr Irungu had a lot of money, but no one questioned its source because he had worked abroad.
“I have known him for more than 10 years,” he said. “We all knew he was working as a professional bouncer in the Middle East but did not go beyond that.”
His love of socializing with women, his friends said, is legend. A young city woman who said she went out with Mr Irungu and his clique on different occasions described him as “quite the marauding bull”.
She claimed Mr Irungu is in the habit of dating women and dumping them quite fast. She also described him as an “overprotective” boyfriend who generously treats women.
“There is no drink Jowie cannot afford. He drinks whatever he wants. He is free with his money,” she said.
“Before he broke up with one of his girlfriends, Jowie would take her on vacation to the Middle East, where they obviously seemed to have a good time together.”
Over time, though, the trips took a slump, and it is rumoured that Mr Irungu had been banned from traveling to the United Arab Emirates for unknown reasons.
The suspect allows very few people into his apartment in Buru Buru Phase Two.
Until recently, he was staying with a man named Mark Kaloki before they fell out.
“Jowie started living alone after Mr Kaloki left. Very few of his friends go to his house,” she said.
Mr Kaloki worked for Kenya Airways as a member of cabin crew. His Instagram account is private while his Face book page has been deactivated.
Kaloki is allegedly gay fueling suspicion on the kind of ‘living’ relationship they had.
Irungu hardly used one car for long. He preferred top-of-the-range cars; one day driving a Mercedes Benz, the other a sleek Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.
According to the woman always carries a gun, tucked under his jacket,” she said. “I have seen him with a gun on at least two occasions.”
According to her, nearly every member of the group knew that Mr Irungu worked in the military and, therefore, “asked few questions”.
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