Former News anchor Jacque Maribe has had a tumultuous past two years and with healing comes opening up. Consequently, she has — for the first time — given a glimpse into her life one year after she parted ways with her Citizen TV employer on the back of a murder charge pressed against her.
Maribe together with her (former) fiancé, Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, have an ongoing murder charge after being accused of killing businesswoman Monica Kimani, whose body was found in her Lamuria Gardens home on September 20, 2018.
Both Maribe and Irungu pleaded not guilty to the crime. Maribe was, on October 30, 2018, released on Sh1 million cash bail after spending one month under lawful custody.
Jowie however was detained for almost two years (500) days but was finally released on a sh2 million cash bail
The murder case heralded the nose-dive of Maribe’s promising TV career after courts decalred that Maribe should not anchor news bulletins or interview news sources.
The TV journalist was redeployed to the news-editing department as the lunchtime news editor. News editors usually go through reporters’ scripts to eliminate structural, grammatical and factual errors.
Her luck ran out when she was fired after requesting for time off work over “personal reasons”, only to be seen throwing her support behind former State House digital strategist Dennis Itumbi, who had been arrested and arraigned on claims of authoring and circulating a fake letter alleging that four ministers had plotted to kill Deputy President William Ruto.
And now gearing for a social media comeback, Maribe now describes her past year as a “roller-coaster of a ride”.
In a teaser video of a new online production about her life post-arraignment, Maribe says she is now ready to pick herself up.
The interview dubbed The Hot Seat will be broadcast on the journalist’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages this Sunday, August 9, at 8pm.
Describing her life pre-arraignment, Maribe said: “You feel like everything is falling into place, and everything is making so much sense… until one day you have no idea what the world just decides to do… Like, literally, [everything is brought to] a standstill.”
She says she cringed to see a career and brand she had taken years to build crumble in a matter of days.
“Something that you love doing so much, it is…. (Takes a deep breath). I don’t know. It (life post-arraignment) has been a roller-coaster of a ride this past year… Trying to take it all in, trying to smile even though you know you can’t [afford a genuine smile]. But, instead of allowing yourself to be down, do you know what you should do? You get back up, and take it by the horns!” said Maribe.
In her caption of the teaser video, the mother-of-one says she is “back after a sabbatical from your screens…”, and she will, in the Hot Seat interview, open up about her “political affiliations and offer in-depth inspiration”.
The production was done by, among others, former Weekend with Betty producer, Sarah Mwangi.