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VIDEO: My son needs help and not condemnation, Father of student who was shot at State House speaks

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The father to the university student shot inside State House grounds on Monday has said his son needs help rather than condemnation.

Speaking to Citizen TV’s Newsnight anchor Hussein Mohamed Tuesday night, Mr David Bera said his son has been leading a troubled life for the past three years due to a mental disorder and appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to come to the aid of his first born son.

“I just visited him in hospital,” he said as he struggled to contain his emotions on the live exclusive interview.

Brian Bera, a fifth-year student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is nursing a gunshot wound after he trespassed into the official residence of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Authorities said Brian defied an order to stop and instead drew a knife on a security guard at 4.05pm.Yesterday, his father David Bera told The Standard that the final-year mechanical engineering student has been in and out of hospital after he started exhibiting subtle signs of mental illness.

 

“In June last year, Brian was admitted to Reale Hospital in Eldoret town for two weeks. After diagnosis, it was established that he had a brief psychotic disorder,” said Mr Bera, who displayed a discharge form from the health institution.

A copy of the medical sheet seen by The Standard indicated that Brian exhibited “disorganised behaviour/speech, violence, wandering and needed psycho-education/family therapy”. He was due for a psychiatric review in August, 2018.“After being discharged from hospital last year, his condition improved.

He even requested to go back to school to complete his studies and was never taken for medical review as required,” the father said.Brian’s intrusion into the highly guarded compound caused a temporary security scare as President Kenyatta is said to have been within the precincts when gunshots rent the air. The Head of State had jetted into the country in the morning from Vancouver, Canada.  Sources said following the gun shots, the alert level was raised near the President and his guards took “precautions”.

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The officials added the President and his family were briefed about the shooting immediately. They were informed that there was no threat.Yesterday, State House said investigations were ongoing to establish the motive of the trespass and appropriate action would be taken upon conclusion.

Drew knife

“The student who climbed over one of the State House gates was shot and wounded in the left shoulder by officers manning the gate after he drew a knife when he was challenged to stop,” said State House spokesperson Kanze Dena in a statement.

Brian was booked at Kileleshwa Police Station and thereafter taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment where doctors established that the bullet exited through Brian’s back.Police are seeking to establish why Brian risked his life sneaking into the heavily guarded compound.

Other intruders have not been so lucky. In March 2017, guards shot and killed a man who was found in the parking area of the President’s residence.  However, what may be of interest to detectives will be Brian’s online activities. Shockingly, he seemed to have meticulously planned to invade State House going by his posts on Facebook.

His last post on the social media platform was on Sunday night where he outlined his plans for the following day.“Tomorrow I attack State House,” read part of his posts.

He also indicated that he was fighting for what he termed as ‘land injustice’ in his home area in Trans-Nzoia County. The Facebook account was deactivated yesterday in the afternoon.Those who attempted to reach out to the student after reading his disturbing posts said he was defensive. He even went to the extent of blocking people he felt were meddling in his life.His sister, Vivian Bera, a university student in Eldoret, is among those that he blocked.

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“After blocking me, he never picked my calls. This was after I started questioning why he was making alarming posts,” said Vivian, who insisted that her brother was not a criminal.“He requires psychiatric treatment,” she said.In his interview with The Standard, Mr Bera painted a rosy picture of his first son who he described as a jovial and bright student in primary and secondary school.

The first born in a family of six, Brian was among the top students at Kitale School where he scored 407 marks in Class Eight. This earned him a place at Nairobi School where he managed a straight ‘A’ in the KCSE exams.

Became withdrawn

“In 2016, we started observing changes in him when he was at home. He became withdrawn and started keeping to himself most of the time. He was also suddenly very negative about life and everything,” said Bera, who is a tutor at Ol’lessos Technical Training Institute.

The father said they did not think much about Brian’s strange behaviour until February last year when he received a call that his son had been arrested at Naromoru after he was caught inside Mt Kenya National Park.“I received a call from the area OCS that my son had been arrested and I should go pick him up from the station.

Brian told the rangers who arrested him that he was on his way to the top of Mt Kenya.”Bera took his son home to Kitale and immediately sought help for him, a quest that saw him visit a number of local hospitals and even seek help from herbalists.But Brian’s behaviour did not change as he continued isolating himself from his family and neighbours.

Most of the times he locked himself in his room, reading, or visited the nearby Mt Elgon Forest and the caves dotting the region. His standard response to those who questioned where he was going was that he was “more at home with nature”.Bera said in June last year, Brian went missing only to later get a call that his son was in Athi River town with his cousin. The relative told him that Brian was ‘mildly’ violent.Brian was taken to a hospital in Eldoret where his condition was diagnosed.

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Obedient child

“My son has never been involved in any form of criminal activities since his childhood. In fact, he is among the most obedient, honest and brilliant children with no known case of drug abuse. He is a member of SDA Church.“My plea to the Government is not to prosecute my son because what he did was a mental case. Brian is sick and what he needs is proper psychiatric care.

Taking him to court is subjecting him to more anguish,” the father pleaded.JKUAT chief corporate communications officer Hindzano Ngonyo confirmed to The Standard that the institution was aware of Brian’s condition and that he had been receiving psychological help.“He was among the students who were being attended to by our university staff from the counselling unit,” said Dr Ngonyo. Monday’s incident was the second time State House guards opened fire on an intruder.

State House security officials explained that an intruder has to jump over the fence since it is virtually impossible to access the grounds from any of the several gates without authorisation. For instance, Gate A is used by the President, his deputy, foreign dignitaries and other VIPs.

Gate B is used only by police within the precincts. It is also seen as an emergency exit.Gate D is used by State House staff, the public and media. But entry is restricted and nobody is allowed to take photographs outside the residence.

SOURCE: Standardmedia.co.ke

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Arnelisa Muigai calls out her male followers with this behaviour

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Keroche Breweries heiress Arnelisa Muigai has called out her male fans who always follow her then unfollow when trying to get her attention.

Arnelisa, who seemed angry at the behaviour, could not hold herself as she took to her Insta Stories complaining.

“Those male followers who unfollow then re-follow again like 10,000 times to get my attention, please cut that crap. You’re wasting your energy,” she posted.

Arnelisa’s rant comes days after her husband publicly announced he had converted to Muslim.

This revelation left their fans in confusion, further raising suspicion whether the two are still together.

Earlier on, Arnelisa had taken to her Instagram, announcing that all was not well in her marriage.

The Nero Water Company CEO was responding after hubby Ben Pol went live on Instagram.

According to Arnelisa, someone sent her screenshots of her husband’s live session.

Although she admitted she had not watched the live stream, Arnelisa admitted that their marriage was going through a rough patch.

Arnelisa also noted that she loves to protect her image and to be respected. She further urged husbands to protect their wives.

This was after the two lovebirds unfollowed each other on Instagram fuelling separation speculations.

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Ben Pol also fuelled the rumours when he announced he needed some time off.

According to the musician, he needed some time off and would not be on social media for some time.

However, Ben Pol later on uploaded a video of Arnelisa recording him while dancing further confusing fans on where the two are still together.

The two got married in June 2020 while in Tanzania in a lavish wedding.

Although they did not alert online inlaws when the wedding was taking place, they later on uploaded pictures of their big day.

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NTSA boss singles out Subaru boys over spike in road accidents 

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The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has put Subaru drivers on notice after the spike in road accidents in the country.

Speaking on Wednesday the 28th of October 2020 during the launch of National Safe Roads Programme in Upperhill, George Njao, NTSA Director-General, noted that young people caused the most road accidents in the country.

Njao further explained that young people after graduation always want fast cars like Subarus. Consequently, he revealed the NTSA would closely work with universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Traning (TVET) institutions to curb the accidents.

“We have got the youth community. we would like to work with the tvet and the universities. Those who are graduating from the university, what is the first thing a student does with his second salary?

“They buy a car. If you look at the number of fatalities that we have had, it is in the youth category of new cars, the Subarus. These new cars that our young people are driving are causing a problem for us,” Njao said.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i also noted that most road accidents involved youth who are in their prime years, further affecting the economy.

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The CS also urged elders to mentor young people to be responsible as it is the only way the country can curb road accidents.

According to a recent NTSA report, the country has recorded a 1.3% increase in road fatalities with 2,689 deaths this year from 1st of January to the 30th of September compared to 2,655 deaths last year.

However, a section of Kenyans felt that Njao was out of context seeing most young graduates can’t afford Subarus.

The netizens further noted that other cars such as Probox cause more accidents than Subarus.

However, Subaru drivers have numerously been under fire for their speed driving, hooting and overlapping while on the roads.

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The ocean is my moneymaker

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For Mohammed Abbas, a fire was sparked as a child when he would accompany his father, a sailor, on his trips on the Indian Ocean. This boating hobby he started at 10 years old has now turned into a full-blown investment.

“I would go fishing with my father when I was a small boy at the creeks in Mtwapa and many other spots. I also learnt fishing from practising and hanging out wiht different fishermen. I started sport fishing as a hobby and soon after, I started getting inquiries from friends interested to try it out, because they were interested in water sports activities. At first we would pool resources and go out into the sea just for fun, until last year when I decided to venture into it as a business,” he shares.

Recreational fishing, also called sport fishing, is fishing for pleasure or competition rather than for survival.

While Mohammed’s first boat was a small fibreglass canoe 15 ft, five years ago, he bought the Tiara SST 31 Fishing Boat for offshore sport fishing, powered by two Turbo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 Knots. Among the reasons he selected this boat is that it comes with many strong features that make it the best for sport fishing, including a GPS Tracker, VHF Radio, Toilet, Ice boxes [so clients could be served soft drinks), rods, reels and tackles amongst others. .

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Besides monetary reasons, Mohammed ventured into boating and sport fishing out of an urge to show more people the sea life.

“There is so much to explore and we are happy to take people to it. It is also a prideful activity because we don’t have it anywhere else in Kenya, and we are lucky that as beneficiaries of the Indian Ocean, there are very many species of fish and other life to see. We have the big five catches [which include; the blue Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Black Marlin, Sail Fish and Broadbill), the Wahoo, Dorado, YellowFin Tuna and Kingfish. We tag and release the big five. We allow customers to take the pelagic fish home or it is served to them as the catch of the day if they are residents at the hotel,” he adds.

He also got into this business to create employment opportunities in the tourism industry, with the aim of making Diani the watersport hub. He has created employment for over nine people, who are all well trained in deep sea fishing, jet ski, wind surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and other motorised sports.

Being in this line of work is fun and pays off as it has been embraced both by international and local tourists. But also is not left without its own challenges, the biggest being non-licensed operators.

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“While safety is the most critical part of the sporting activities, unlicensed corporates do not adhere to many safety regulations. They are not a competition as such, but a threat to the business because once something goes wrong, then all the practising companies are categorised under one and we have to carry the blame and sometimes even at threat of being shut down. For instance, sometime back, there used to be skydiving in Diani, until there was an accident and someone died and the activity was completely banned here. Not only for the “unlicensed business owner” but for all of us,” he explains.

Despite presence of many boards in boating activities, the director shares that the government has not been doing much to get rid of unlicensed operators from the sea.

Just like many other businesses, Mohammed’s company has also been faced with Covid-19 challenges. However, unlike many businesses that were letting go of some staff, Mohammed could not lay off his staff because all of them depend on the activities for their income. Forced to take a loan to make ends meet and ensure that his staff are catered for, Mohammed is requesting for the government’s intervention to help businesses get back on their feet.

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While business has been highly dependent on international tourists, he is pleased that more local tourists are starting to embrace big game fishing and encouraging more people to experience and make memories. The boat can carry a maximum of six people, excluding the boat crew, and can go up to 48km on the sea. While the rates are not constant, the average rate is Sh16,000 for the day, which is negotiable. Also since the boat is located at Baobab Hotel, you could get your catch prepared for lunch at the hotel.

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