JKUAT student who was caught climbing over statehouse fence on June 11 is now asking President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans to forgive him. Brian Kibet Bera who was on Wednesday 3, arraigned in Milimani court pleaded with the president to forgive him saying he regrets it and that he had suffered enough in police custody.
Brian, 25, was shot at and injured after he was caught jumping over statehouse fence armed with a knife. When asked to surrender, Bera instead went ahead shouting and wielding the knife threatening to “kill the big thief and his sympathizers”, forcing the officers manning Statehouse to open fire at him. He was later arrested and booked at Kilimani Police station and later taken for treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
“Kukaa kwa police nimeumia sana, sitawahi rudia makosa hayo tena na ninaomba Rais Kenyatta na wakenya wanisamehe” (I have suffered a lot in police custody, I will never repeat the mistake and I beg President Kenyatta and Kenyans to forgive me), Brian said on Wednesday when he appeared before Milimani Principal Magistrate Francis Andayi.
The 5th year Engineering student had planned his ‘Statehouse attack’ publicly on his Facebook page, an attack believed to have been aimed at President Uhuru. “Let my message reach everyone. I am going to slay thief President Uhuru Kenyatta. Those calling me mad why have you not come to arrest me and take me to mathare? I have been here at JKUAT” he said in one of his series of disturbing Facebook posts.
Brian’s father David Bera requested the court to release his son so that he can continue taking his medication as he was suffering from mental illness. The father narrated to the court how Brian had stopped taking medication hence affecting him and that he why he ended up jumping over statehouse. “In February, instead of coming home he went to Mt. Kenya where he got arrested. On a third incident in June 2018, he walked from Kitale at 4am on foot all the way to Athi River for four days where we were able to get him and was admitted for two weeks where he was diagnosed with the disorder by a psychiatrist.” David Bera narrated to the court.
The court then ordered that Kibet be treated for mental illness at Mathare mental hospital until he is fit to take plea. “If the police agree to release him then this court has no problem. This is a matter that requires family assistance more” Magistrate Andayi said
Last month during an interview with Citizen TV, Brian’s father begged the President to forgive his son as he was mentally troubled. “My boy has never been a criminal in his life. I have never even disciplined him over any issue and this can be confirmed in records in school” the father said in the interview adding that the government should instead help him.
Some media outlets had earlier claimed that Brian Bera had gone missing from KNH where he was being treated, claims that Kilimani OCPD Michael Muchiri quickly rubbished saying that he had recovered and would soon be charged in court.