Convicted murder suspect Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu has made headlines again, this time for releasing a new Gospel song shortly after Justice Grace Nzioka delivered a guilty verdict in the murder case of businesswoman Monica Kimani.
Titled ‘Nakuabudu’, the song was uploaded to YouTube at 2pm on Friday, not long after Jowie was found guilty of the 2018 murder.
In the song, Jowie extols the greatness of God, singing, “Nakuabudu, nakusujudu, ni wewe… Yesu, milele…” He continues, “Mikononi mwako Yesu, narejea. Miguuni mwako Yesu, nalilia.”
Released in audio format only, the song has already garnered over 7,000 views and more than 700 comments. The cover image features a photo of the singer with his hands raised in what appears to be worship.
Accompanying the music release, Jowie shared a Bible verse, Psalms 150:6, which reads: “Let everything that hath breathe Praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
Jowie’s foray into Gospel music began in 2020 with his first release, ‘Nishikilie!’, dropped shortly after his release on bail by the court following a stint at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in connection with the Monica Kimani murder case. He has since released three other Gospel songs: ‘Babie’, ‘Eyaah’ and ‘Juu’.
According to his family and childhood neighbors, Jowie was a member of a band that entertained revelers in Naivasha and Nakuru towns, where he was born and raised.
In a separate development, the High Court found Jowie guilty of brutally killing Monica on the night of September 19, 2018, at her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Nairobi. Delivering the judgment, Lady Justice Grace Nzioka ruled that the prosecution had provided sufficient evidence and proved beyond reasonable doubt that Jowie committed the crime.
Former TV news anchor Jacque Maribe, who was charged alongside Irungu, was acquitted of the same charge. The judge stated that murder was not the appropriate charge against her as there was no evidence linking her to the offense.