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– Jowie spoke about his woes in solitary confinement where he has been denied a chance to interact with other prisoners and wardens

– His family has been travelling from Nakuru to Kiambu county every Tuesday to see him for only 10 minutes as is the rule

– He said his prison experience has shown him who his true friends

– Jowie was arrested in connection to murder of businesswoman Monicah Kimani together with his rumoured lover Jacque Maribe who was granted bail

– He was denied bail on the grounds that he is a flight risk

Life in prison is obviously not easy for anybody, but Jowie Irungu who is being held in connection to the murder of businesswoman Monicah Kimani has gone through double the agony in solitary confinement.

Jowie does not get to interact with other inmates, have visitors for more than 10 minutes and worse, he spends time in absolute solitude ‘dealing with his ghosts’ as he calls them.

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Jowie Irungu (pictured) was arrested in connection to the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.Photo: Citizen TV.
Source: UGC

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In an interview with the Daily Nation on Sunday, November 24, the suspect detailed how life in jail has been anything but easy and cited rejection from people he thought were his friends as one of the most painful experiences.

“Now is when you know people who care, people who matter, people who have your back,” he said.

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His confinement status means he cannot be transported to a hospital should he get sick or go anywhere for that matter.

He spends his time either sun-bathing and reading books which he also has to make a written application in order to solicit one from the prison’s library.

Jowie Irungu speaks out on life behind bars, quest for freedom

Jowie said he is not allowed to interact with other inmates. Photo: Citizen TV.
Source: UGC

Jowie also narrated how mosquitoes have been adding salt to his injury as he spends most of the time in his cell fighting with the insects that are always salivating for his blood.

“Mosquito nets are a luxury. Your work is to fight with the insects, crushing them against the wall,” he said.

But behind this tumultuous experience, his family’s love and support has given him some hope.

Jowie Irungu speaks out on life behind bars, quest for freedom

Jowie said his family’s support has been overwhelming. Photo: Hivisasa.
Source: UGC

He said they travel every Tuesday from Nakuru to Kiambu county to see him for only 10 minutes as is the rule.

“They leave Nakuru at 6am and make it here by 10 am just to see me for a few minutes,” he narrated.

He is allowed access to a phone but can only communicate for five minutes, which he says is barely enough to make any communication since Kenyans’ typical greeting lasts for five minutes without any other information.

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Jowie Irungu speaks out on life behind bars, quest for freedom

Jowie and Jacque in court for the murder of Monica Kimani in 2018. Photo: The Standard.
Source: UGC

Jowie has been counting every single day he spends in prison and the countdown is at 431 days.

He recently told the court he is suffering and asked for bail. The court is set to hear his bail application case on Thursday, November 28.

His co-accused and ex-news anchor Jacque Maribe was released on KSh 2 million bond or KSh 1 million cash bail with three sureties.

Jowie was, however, denied bail on the grounds that he was a flight risk.

Maribe and Jowie were accused of having a hand in the murder of Kimani whose body was found in a tub.

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