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Kenya: Joseph Irungu withdraws case against Judge James Wakiaga

Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu has withdrawn his application for Justice James Wakiaga to recuse himself from his case over the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

Mr Irungu is facing murder charges alongside his fiancée Jacque Maribe, who was released from remand on October 30.

THE COMPLAINT

Mr Irungu filed the application after the judge denied him bail on that day and described him as “the male version of a slay queen and a woman eater”.

Justice Wakiaga further said he is a flight risk and has access to weapons that can intimidate witnesses.

“A picture that emerges from the prosecution’s evidence, as set out herein above and the pre-bail report of the accused, is that he is a male version of a slay queen, which for lack of better terminology I’d call a woman eater,” the judge said as he rejectedthe bail application.

MARIBE’S DEMANDS

On Monday, Ms Maribe, a Citizen TV journalist, sued the Director of Public Prosecution for contempt, saying she had not been allowed back to her house in Lang’ata despite a court order.

Through her lawyer Katwa Kigen, Ms Maribe accused Mr Noordin Haji of acting in contempt of court by refusing to allow her to have her house as well as witness statements relating to her trial.

When she was freed on bond on October 30 by High Court judge James Wakiaga, she was granted access to the house as well as the disputed case documents.

She argues, however, that she has not been given a good reason for the delay or the breach of the court order, a circumstance that she says amounts to automatic infringement of her rights.

The journalist said she has been forced to beg for clothes, accommodation, transportation and a phone.

She demanded that the DPP and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations grant her access in 24 hours.

By Daily Nation

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