BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA
When Nelson Otsianda joined four friends in Diani, Kenya’s South Coast, he never knew it would be his last day alive.
The Buru Buru Girls High School teacher who had joined colleagues for a small vacation in Kwale County, died under mysterious circumstances.
A time of fun turned into a tragedy.
The secondary school teacher and four colleagues had checked in at Gisimba Villas on November 13 for a couple of days.
Sadly, the same day they arrived in Diani was the same day his lifeless body was found at the hotel’s swimming pool.
Sources alleged the teacher was killed and later thrown into the water.
According to a source at the villa, the five were drinking by the pool and playing loud music.
“We found them trying to resuscitate Nelson. The owner of the hotel called police officers who took long to arrive, forcing the friends to hire a boda boda to ferry him to Diani Beach Hospital,” he said.
A Closed-Circuit Television footage shows the group engaging in a confrontation a few minutes after 7 pm. The friends later checked out on Sunday, a day earlier than they had planned.
Otsianda’s sister, Ms Dorothy Anangwe, said as she met her brother’s friends at the gate of Neptune Hotel, a nearby facility, who claimed their colleague had drowned.
“I was so close to my brother that I knew all his friends. He had told me that he was planning a trip to Diani so it was not something abrupt. I did not know that he would meet his death here,” she said.
“He was always jovial. That’s the same way he was the day we met outside the villas. I could not get inside and he could also not get inside the hotel where I was sleeping because we would have been required to pay for it. I do not know what happened that night,” she added.
The family said that traces of blood and broken glasses were found by the pool. The father, Mr Claude Otsianda, said he never knew his friends.
The teacher’s father who lives in Butere wondered why his son’s colleagues checked out early.
“Why did they check out before the family had arrived?” posed the father, who arrived in Diani on Monday morning.
The body has been moved to Jocham Hospital, awaiting post-mortem as the family seeks justice as they believe the son was murdred.