Slain clinical officer had premonition of massacre
26 November 2014, 13:28
Mandera - Dennis Biese Nyankemba, one of those slain in the Mandera massacre seemed to have had a premonition of his death a few months ago.
On May 17, 2014 the 27-year-old Clinical Officer posted on Facebook: "Living in Mandera is like burying yourself before you die. No sleeping, the sound of a bullet is frequent. God help us."
His friends who commented on the post assured him of prayers and encouraged him to press on and help families in the North Eastern town who required his health services.
His brother in–law, Abedinego Osindi said, "Pole brother, you will overcome, take care."
His former school mate, Dauglas Ratemo replied: "Brother we pray for you; it is because of our families, press on."
That was not the only post that portended danger.
On May 19 he posted: "My friends l salute you. It's of concern that my life and lives of other health workers in Mandera is at risk. I was openly told that l can be killed within seconds while on duty during daylight. No arrest was made because security is at stake. No one to run to. Several security officers were killed on their way to rescue a miraa car in Somali! What should I do? Remember me in your daily prayers."
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Those who responded included Zablon Ngeresa, his fellow clinical officer who advised Biese to pack and leave the volatile town as his live was more important than anything else.
Michael Ayega, his friend said: "Come home your family needs you. God will provide for you and and your family."
Makori Elijah, his colleague said: "My brother it is better you come back home. It is a danger zone, my friends have left there. Please remember life is more precious than the money we get. Please brother come we hustle together. Remember what they said, they must fulfil. It is better they have warned you in advance."
Despite having been implored by friends to return to his rural home in Kisii County to pursue other avenues, Biese whom friends described as a selfless and generous person seemed to have braved the insecurity in the region in a bid to offer the much needed medical services.
He later on May 21 responded to the earlier post and said: "I will be happy to see Mandera a place of peace, calmness and unity."
The newly qualified clinical officer from the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC) Siaya had been posted to Mandera District Hospital hardly a year ago.
He was married to Sellah Bange with whom he had one child.
Survivors of the attack said the gunmen separated the passengers based on their religion before they shot non-muslims at close range.
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