‘Please help my son, he is mentally sick’, Brian Bera’s father pleads

David Bera, father of Brian Bera, the student who was shot and injured after he ...
David Bera, father of Brian Bera, the student who was shot and injured after he jumped into State House on Monday, June 10, 2019

The father of Brian Bera, the university student who was shot and injured after he sneaked into State House on Monday evening has emerged pleading for his son.

In an exclusive interview on Citizen TV with Hussein Mohammed on Tuesday, David Bera said his son is an intelligent student and needs medication to enable him to finish university.

“This young man…my son… can contribute a lot to this nation and to the Kenyan community if he is treated. He is resourceful,” Mr. Bera said on the News Night show.

He intimated details of his visit to the hospital where the young Bera was admitted to after the incident saying he could not be able to talk much and there were police guarding him.

He also revealed that he had no idea that his son had written alarming posts on his Facebook page adding that he himself has no social media account and was only told what has transpired after he learnt that the young Bera had been shot.

Mr. Bera, who lives in Kitale, further noted that his son had always been a ‘humble’ and studious boy which saw him go to Nairobi School where he attained grade ‘A’in the KEnya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.

It is from there that he joined the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to study Mechanical Engineering.

“He, however, developed a character that is unlike him in his 3rd year…he isolated himself most of the time…he withdrew himself from, from his family, from everybody….that is when the sickness started,” Mr. Bera admitted.

“The boy has been very sick, mentally…” David Bera explained adding that there were occasions where his son had even attempted to commit suicide.

In 2017, the father said he began to disappear from their home and they would later be informed by good samaritans that their son was found at a nearby river trying to drown himself.

Another incident occurred where he again disappeared from home and was found in the caves in Mt. Elgon, Mr. Bera added saying his son ‘wanted to disappear there’.

In February 2018, police informed Mr. Bera that his son had attempted to climb Mt. Kenya illegally and had been there for two days.

“After explaining the circumstances….and the way they saw him, I was allowed to go with the boy and seek medication,” he said.

When asked whether he should have paid more attention to his son’s messages on social media, Mr. Bera replied:

“I do not know the kind of generation we are in…I have never bothered about social media. I only use my phone to call and receive calls…It could be a weakness from my side….What Brian did was not good and he was not doing it out of his sound mind.”

Mr. Bera held back for a few moments as the interview continued, then narrated how some time back when his son had been admitted to hospital in Eldoret, he went to visit him but was met with kicks and blows.

“I remember I visited and he became violent and started fighting me…He was doing something out of his mind,” the father said.

He further urged the youth not to capitalise on the young Bera’s intrusion into State House as he has a mental disability.

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