More details have emerged about man of the hour Brian Bera, the Fifth Year Mechanical Engineering student at JKUAT who was on Monday night shot at State House Nairobi.
According to a report by eDaily, Kibet Bera attempted to recruit a fellow student in his mission to harm President Uhuru.
“Last Saturday, I met Bera at Hall Seven in JKUAT, where he had gone to access the WI-FI. He introduced himself to me and started a conversation about Kenya’s leadership. He said he felt oppressed by the current regime, which, according to him, has done nothing to ensure his forefathers’ ‘stolen’ land in Mt. Elgon is restored to them,” said the unnamed source as quoted.
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“It is during that conversation that he vowed to avenge the said-oppression, saying he recently dreamt about harming the president. Bera walks around with a kitchen knife, which he says he uses to protect himself.
“It was during his narration that he said by the end of one week, beginning June 9, he would have invaded State House, Nairobi armed with his kitchen knife. He even asked me to accompany him, but I immediately told him off against that plot,” said the informant.
“I did not know he was serious with the plan. According to me, it looked like one of those fantasy talks people often hold.”
EDUCATION IS MEANINGLESS
The informant said Bera recently narrated to him how he had fallen out with his parents over his “radical” thoughts.
“He told me that he was purged from a family WhatsApp group after he informed them that he dislikes the current and previous leaders.”
According to the Third Year Second Semester student at JKUAT, Bera believes education has no meaning.
“He believes his sole route to wealth is pastoralism, and that his land back in Mt. Elgon, where his Sabaot community lives, was taken away by previous leaderships, and that President Kenyatta has done nothing to ensure the land is given back to them,” said the source.
“He doesn’t subscribe to the doctrines of formal education, at all. In fact, he says ‘education is meaningless’. His belief shocks me, given he always excelled in his studies from primary to secondary school, and now university.”
The learner also explained why Brian Bera refers to himself as the Prince of Ethiopia.
“Bera claims he is a religious purist, believing should he get intimate with a woman, then the woman must be a virgin – and that, to him, there is a lot of immorality in Kenya. He, therefore, says it is only in Ethiopia where he can get virgin women to marry. That is why he refers to himself as The Prince of Ethiopia,” said the source.
-Additional Reporting by eDaily