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Jackie Maribe's parents speak after daughter's acquittal

 Jacque Maribe's parents. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

Moments after former news anchor Jacque Maribe was acquitted in the murder trial of businesswoman Monica Kimani, her parents spoke to the media, thanking God for the outcome of the case.

Her father, Mwangi Maribe, said the past six years have been challenging; emotionally and financially, but friends had offered them unconditional support.

“On behalf of the Maribe family we want to thank the almighty God…it has been a torturous journey, we have suffered emotionally, financially…and everything else, but we thank God that it has come to an end.

“We were never in doubt of the outcome because we knew the facts of the case. I would like to thank our legal team; they have done a wonderful job. We want to thank our friends who have prayed for us all through the years, those who have stood with us as well as a section of the media, not all of you. Some of you have been hostile,” he said.

Maribe’s mother, on her part, expressed gratitude to God, reflecting on the tough times her family endured.

“Many times you don’t understand what is happening and why it’s happening. I’m a pastor and for that reason, I have prayed. I have prayed with others and I want to believe it has not just happened. The Lord has been involved in it and I want to thank everyone who has stood with us and let me just say this.

“Even when the fire appears like it is almost melting our emotions, we have been encouraging ourselves in the Lord and one more time I want to thank those who stuck with us. I want to particularly address the press, and seek to know the truth. Don’t rush to say things that you have not researched about,” she said.

 Jacque Maribe and Jowie Irungu. [Collins Kweyu, Standard]

Maribe also addressed the press, quoting a Bible verse. “Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

While delivering her judgment at the Milimani Courts, Justice Grace Nzioka said although the court had found Maribe guilty of giving false information to the police regarding the murder probe, she was not properly charged.

Joseph Irunga aka Jowie was however found guilty of the gruesome murder.

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