Jowie Irungu
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A Nairobi court on Wednesday heard that Joseph Irungu alias Jowie told a witness that a man named 'Mo' stabbed someone on the same day that businesswoman Monica Kimani was murdered.

Monica was found dead in her apartment in Kilimani. Her body was dumped in the bathtub, hands, and legs bound and her throat was slit from ear to ear.

Brian Kasaine told High court Judge Grace Nzioka that on the night of September 19 and 20, 2018, he was asleep with his wife when Irungu called him through WhatsApp asking for paraffin or something flammable or air freshener.

He testified that he knew Irungu as he told him that he once worked in Dubai in a private military. He later informed him that while in Kenya, he used to provide personnel guard security to politicians.

Some of them were former senator Joyce Lay. Kasaine also said Irungu told him he walked in the company of politicians such as Babu Owino and John Muhoho.

Kasaine said he first gave Irungu his firearm in July 2018 after he requested it saying he was also a firearm holder and wanted to sharpen his skills as his gun had defects at the time. "I gave him without ammunition and after two days he returned it," he said.

On September 9, 2018, he again requested for the gun for the same reasons without ammunition. He had promised to return it after two days. However, he did not return it as agreed. During that time, Kasaine said he had travelled to the village.

 “On September 20, 2018 while asleep at around 2am, I was awaken by Irungu’s WhatsApp call asking for the paraffin. I got surprised at such a request for the items by him at such a late hour. I replied and told him I did not have any item requested for by him,” Kasaine told the court.

He added that Irungu sounded odd and hyper.

The same day in the afternoon at around 3 pm, the witness said he met Irungu outside his house where he lived with the then ex-lover Jacque Maribe. He went there to borrow car keys to use his car to pick his son from school.

“Irungu was wearing a white vest and grey sweat pants. He was in deep thoughts and distracted. I noticed he was not his usual self as he looked very disturbed in mind,” Kasaine testified.

He said that jokingly, he asked Irungu the purpose of paraffin and he replied that “I was with Mo (Muhoho) yesterday for an assignment and he stabbed somebody.”

Kasaine said he was taken aback at the words.

Irungu further said, “Nilikuwa nataka kuchoma vitu fulani lakini nilitumia air freshener" while pointing towards the empty plot across their house. Kasaine did not comment. He was given the car keys and left.

He returned the keys at around 4.15 pm and gave them to their house help, Pamela, and went home.

On cross-examination by defense lawyer Prof Hassan Nandwa, Kasaine agreed that Irungu and he were friends and known as an undercover officer.

When asked whether the Muhoho mentioned in his testimony was one related to President, he said he had no idea, however, he was relatively prominent.

Kasaine also denied having any evidence to show that they communicated with Irungu saying that his phones had been confiscated by the police.

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