LISTEN: Jowie Irungu Releases Gospel Song Minutes After Being Found Guilty

Kenyans online encouraged the convict, who awaits his sentencing on March 8, 2024, to maintain his relationship with the Lord even behind bars.

Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, has released a new gospel song titled Nakuabudu (I praise you) moments after he was found guilty of the murder of Nairobi businesswoman Monica Kimani in 2018.

The 3:17 song whose audio was uploaded on YouTube on Friday, February 9 at midday captured Jowie singing praises to the Lord and acknowledging how significant of an impact He has made in his spiritual life.

He added that the Word of God comforts him in his time of need and that the Lord guides him through his trials and tribulations.

"I will praise you Lord forever. I am forever in your hands, I am returning to you," sings the now-classified murder convict.

Former Citizen TV Anchor Jacque Maribe and Jowie Irungu in court on Friday, February 9, 2024. /ALINUR MOHAMED

The video shows Jowie's thumbnail photo as he lifts his hands while looking above whereas moving soundwaves act as a guide for those with hearing problems.

"At the cross, I am healed, I will not be afraid for you are with me. Your word comforts me, Lord. I praise you, I worship you. It's you," added the lyrics.

Viral Tea was informed that the song was released just before the High Court deemed Jowie guilty of the murder of Kimani on September 19, 2018.

The video by the time of publishing this article amassed over 102 comments and 277 likes, viewed more than 2,500 times.

Kenyans online encouraged the convict, who awaits his sentencing on March 8, 2024, to maintain his relationship with the Lord even behind bars.

However, others questioned the timing of the release, even though how the ruling date was moved forward from March 15 to February 9 caught many Kenyans who had been keenly following the case, off guard.

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka had found that the prosecution had proved to the court that the security personnel committed the offence of murder.

"It is the finding of this court that all this evidence taken cumulatively leads to a strong conclusion that the first accused person murdered the deceased," Justice Nzioka ruled.

"Therefore, it is the finding of this court that the prosecution has proved beyond a reasonable doubt all the ingredients of the offence of murder, the death that occurred, the cause of death and the person who committed that offence. It was not a case of homicide, It was unlawful. Therefore I find the first accused person guilty as charged herein of the offence of murder."

Justice Nzioka found that Jowie deliberately misled the court by denying any prior acquaintance with the late Monica Kimani, as she found conclusive evidence contradicting his assertions, establishing his prior knowledge of Monica Kimani before her tragic demise.

In 2023 during the trial, Jowie told the court that he never knew Kimani and never visited her city residence in Kilimani the night she was killed.

While defending himself against allegations of murdering Monica, Jowie told Justice Nzioka that he was not at her house in Lamuria Gardens when she was killed in September 2018.

"The 1st accused (Jowie Irungu) claimed he did not know the deceased at all. George Kimani, the deceased’s brother submitted that Jowie and Monica Kimani were in the same class in 2002 taking the same course in hotel and beverage management," the judge countered.

The court further agreed with the prosecution's evidence that the security personnel was the last person to be with the businesswoman before her death.

Jowie's co-accused, former Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe, was however acquitted of the charges against her. Jowie's bond terms were cancelled as a result of the ruling.

Jowie Irungu breaks down during the judgment in the Monica Kimani murder case on February 9, 2024. /VIRAL TEA KE