Jowie leaves Kamiti Maximum Prison after raising Sh2 million cash bail

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie. [Photos courtesy]

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie is a free man after raising Sh2 million bail imposed by the court to secure his freedom.

Jowie is the main suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monicah Kimani who was killed in cold blood in September 2018 at her Lamour apartment in Nairobi.

Jowie left Kamiti Maximum Prison where he had been remanded for close a year and a half on Wednesday afternoon.

His friends under #friendsofjowie rallied Kenyans online to contribute towards raising the Sh2 million cash bail granted by the court.

While granting him bail last month, Justice James Wakiaga who is presiding over his case ordered Jowie to report to the chief’s office at his rural home in Nakuru once a month.

Jowie was also barred from talking about the case anywhere including on social media.

His case drew a lot of public attention and also roped in media personality Jacque Maribe who was dating Jowie at the time of the murder.

Maribe spent close to a month behind bars before being released on bail.

Jowie had, in November 2019, filed an application with the court to release him on bail citing a lot of suffering in remand.

Last month, Kenyans on Twitter questioned why high profile individuals battling grievous charges in court are granted bail while Jowie remains in Kamiti.

This followed the release of Embakasi East MP Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino for allegedly shooting Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve at Nairobi’s B Club.