Exclusive: what drove JKUAT student Brian Bera to attack State House

As this week began, Kenyans were subjected to the spectacle of yet another state House intruder.

This time round the intruder was a mechanical engineering student in his final year at JKUAT. The reactions from Kenyans came in thick and fast. On the one side were his peers, his fellow Kenyan youths, who lionized his actions and declared him a hero.

On the opposing side of the debate were the rationalists who could not understand his actions and were quick to blame drugs, others claimed he had gone mad.

As it so happens with most social media debates, the truth got lost in the din and noise. TV47 decided to carry out an investigation and the following is what we dug up.

Brian Kibet Bera does not seem to be insane, and neither is he on drugs. Brian’s condition is similar to a lot of Kenyan youths. Their lives dogged in constant turmoil with no useful guidebook in sight.

Feeling their way in life like a blind man in a dark room and at the same time drowning in a sea of information that may or may not lead them astray. As for Brian that sea led him very astray.

By all definitions, Brian appears to have had a pretty normal childhood. He passed his primary school and got admitted to Nairobi School, where he managed to score a solid A and was admitted to JKUAT to study mechanical engineering.

His first three years in the university were uneventful and he appears to have cruised through without a hitch.

Brian’s problems, according to his father, seem to have begun in 2016 while he was in third year. Nothing dramatic happened to him in 2016 but in the course of our investigation, we came across an odd fact.

2016 was the first time Brian failed at anything. He failed three courses units in his exams. This set off a chain reaction that can be hard to appreciate in scope.

Brian resat his papers the following year and passed two and failed one. This led to two outcomes, one he had to leave school the following year for months due to school policy and two, he had in effect been set back a whole year and had to repeat to catch up. Brian’s downward spiral can be traced to these two events.

Brian went back home to Mt Elgon. From this unrequested sabbatical from school he had much free time on his hands. From here we can see the beginnings of his anarchist philosophies.

He has many strongly held beliefs that we can unpack. First and foremost, he is a bonafide Christian. His classmates can attest to his devotion as he peppered their social media groups with scripture quotes and aphorisms.

Secondly, he enjoyed his own company and was a bit of loner. Brian did not socially interact much with his classmates but he came alive in class and would occasionally contribute to discussions.

He was, by all means, a committed student and was working on a material alloy for aircraft manufacturing as his final project which he successfully defended. His classmates tolerated his social media gospel missives as he was not aggressive in person and was a bit of an introvert.

His passions before he went home for a year, according to his classmates were, the Bible, the work of Henry Ford the Ford founder, Ethiopia, which led him to adopt the moniker, prince of Ethiopia. He often came up with bizarre ideas that he would defend before his classmates with solid arguments. He could back up most of his claims.

However, after he went home and came back something in him had shifted. His views turned negative and dark. He claimed to have no ambition for education anymore and now wanted to be a pastoralist.

His engineering school dean confessed to us that he had once told him he now thought school was satanic and keeping him from God. He now claimed the Illuminati had infiltrated the school.

More somberly, his views towards his father grew increasingly dark. He claimed he had sold his land birthright for him to go to school while now he didn’t see any need for education.

He was also prone to wandering while he was on his break, to be found near rivers and caves. He was even arrested once in Naromoru trying to climb Mt Kenya.

Once, he called his father while in Athi River asking for lunch money and telling him that he was on his way to Mombasa on foot. He was obviously not much interested in staying home.

When he resumed school, the Dean of faculty Dr Mutuku Muvengei and some colleagues noticed his new attitude and recommended him to the counsellor. He resisted the move but he was able to slot in a few sessions. The counsellor sensed that his problems were family-related and recommended the appropriate treatment.

We visited his house and found Spartan-like conditions. He owns no bed and makes do with a threadbare mattress in a tiny room with only space for a ‘meko’ and a small table.

No evidence of drug use is visible apart from a few cigarette butts and matchboxes. So why would an engineering student with weeks to graduation take a knife and attempt to enter the most guarded residence in the entire country?

To answer this question, it was important to understand who he was. Who then was Brian Bera? Brian is a typical Kenyan youth. Tormented by new 21st century challenges. Pressure to succeed in school was so high that failing 3 papers threw him way off balance. He was also dealing with family pressures and fissures that we all eventually have to confront which can either make or break you.

He comes from a region with a long history of land tussles and armed struggles for land and livestock. The Mt Elgon area is not exactly known for being peaceful.

He was not particularly well off and that must have intimidated him to no end among his savvier Nairobi peers. He also had a mild mental disorder which might explain his aloofness and extreme introversion as explained by his neighbours who described him as not much of a sociable individual or a talker for that matter.

He had adopted radical stances influenced by social media. Brian probably knew that even with his fancy engineering degree he would have to tarmac and probably make do with a job he was overqualified for that paid peanuts.    

Share News With Tv47
Show More


  1. Hey! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us
    so I came to check it out. I’m definitely enjoying the information.
    I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Wonderful blog and excellent design and style.
    I visited several sites but the audio quality
    for audio songs existing at this web page is truly marvelous.
    Ahaa, its fastidious conversation concerning this piece of writing
    here at this weblog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this place.


  2. When I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I
    get four emails with the exact same comment. Is there a means you are able to remove
    me from that service? Appreciate it!

  3. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    thank you

  4. wholesale vibrators
    created by gothicwhispers on mar 02

    cheap fleshlights for sale Replacing your name with a
    number is basically useless anyway. It a CYA move for companies so they
    can pretend to give a shit about your privacy but in the real
    world it meaningless. That was made very clear when AOL search records were leaked and the internet had no trouble linking real identities to their internet searches even though those were anonymized..

    cheap fleshlights for sale

    fleshlight toy The haunting weeks of my recovery,
    also known as denial, soon turned into months and I became pretty good at ignoring my feelings.
    I was on my way to becoming a professional pretender or at least I thought
    so. I’m really good at this forgetting stuff!
    (Little side bar here Survivors of sexual assault don’t have a strong handle on paying compliments to themselves, so
    I took whatever I could get at this point in the recovery process, even if it meant that my big kudos was for my new talent to
    forget.) As days went by it seemed to be getting easier, but sometimes the truth tried to creep back into my life,
    this happened mostly at night in my dreams.
    fleshlight toy

    fleshlight masturbation As for working with family?
    It’s actually fun and less restrictive than traditional working environments.
    We grew up in a liberal household so very little is taboo at home.
    Even our father pitches in from time to time. I never really went for the bad boys when I
    was dating. Sure, I might have drooled over a few of them every now
    and then, but I never had any intention of doing anything
    more than silently drooling. I always went for the guy that seemed nice and could have long
    conversations with me, and I didn have that many boyfriends..

    fleshlight masturbation

    fleshlight toy Your GYN could tell you all about how much variation if you
    asked, and would likely be happy to talk to you about it.

    You’re hardly the only person with this kind of concern, I assure you.
    If you haven’t started seeing an OB/GYN yet for an annual exam, this is one great reason to get started with
    that.But without even doing that, I can tell you that if
    you’re not having any sort of pain or physical discomfort, and if you’ve never had a serious genital
    injury nor did your pediatrician ever have any concerns, then chances are exceptionally
    good your labia are within the range of healthy or “normal”
    variation. fleshlight toy

    male masturbation Anyway, in our culture, it seems like penis in vagina sex is treated like the
    only real kind of sex, while other sexual acts are dismissed as foreplay and the like.
    However, I was thinking this attitude is really just a patriarchal invention that misrepresents
    the nature of sexuality. In my mind, and I say this as a male, I
    think cunnilingus should be considered the basic act of sexuality.

    male masturbation

    fleshlight toy But I found that it could be felt by my partner a little when wearing it.
    It wasn’t enough to be worth it though. It also dug
    in a bit uncomfortably when thrusting into my partner, so we took the bullet out for the duration of our session..
    I tell him i love him. He tells me he loves me. Then we’ll crack jokes or
    i’ll rant about politics or rant about my classes. fleshlight toy

    male fleshlight Every two years, the American Cancer Society reports on the latest data, based
    on reports from the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North American Association of
    Central Cancer Registries. Thenewest information includes data for the year 2009.
    This year’s report is published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

    male fleshlight

    best fleshlight Over at the All Girl Army lately we have been having a lot of discussion on kids and gender roles,
    which has been not only really interesting to hear different perspectives on this, but really cool to
    hear stories where the gender roles, which we
    are so forced into as children, have been challenged. I have found that very often children who
    do not conform to their “normal” gender role are either labelled as strange and different,
    or pushed to do things that suit the gender role, by their own parents.
    Which is really rather sad. best fleshlight

    cheap fleshlights for sale Fake bomb threats: a
    vast number of hoaxers have posted mass bomb and shooting threats
    to 4chan, prompting several arrests and evacuations. Cutforbieber: a Twitter hashtag that encouraged young Beliebers to
    cut themselves to demonstrate their love for the performer.
    Leakforjlaw: a similar social media prank that encouraged women to post their nude photos
    in support of Jennifer Lawrence cheap fleshlights for

  5. Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?

    I wish my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  6. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good
    old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.
    Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for.

    Do you offer guest writers to write content available for you?
    I wouldn’t mind creating a post or elaborating on a number of the
    subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome web log!

  8. Every weekend i used to visit this web site, as i wish for enjoyment, for
    the reason that this this web site conations truly pleasant funny material too.

  9. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz respond
    as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out
    where u got this from. thank you https://caferule.com/

  10. Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Cheers

Back to top button