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Slain Kisii blogger foretold his death in telling Facebook post

Exactly 33 days before he passed away, Duke Nyabaro had death premonitions, Nairobi News can now reveal.

Nyabaro had on March 5, 2024, posted that death was beautiful and that one remains silent forever.

A premonition is a strong feeling that something is about to happen, especially something unpleasant.

“Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace,” his post read in full.

Kisii blogger spoke about the lure of death
Kisii blogger spoke about the lure of death a month before his murder. PHOTO| POOL

In another post which he made on March 6, 2024, he posted that he had so much going on in his life and consuming his thoughts that when he was relaxing and partaking in alcoholic beverages, it was hard to get drunk.

Uko na so much going on hadi zinakataa kushika,” he posted. Notably, very few people could note what the message entailed.

Nyabaro was on Sunday, April 7, 2024, found dangling outside a shop. His neck was tied using a belt. The incident happened at Nyaora Corner Village in Kitutu Chache South Constituency.

The controversial blogger used to frequently make commentaries on matters of politics, especially within Bonchari Constituency in Kisii County.

When he was not doing that, he was teaching his students at Chacha Moronge High School in Kehancha, Migori County.

His body was discovered by churchgoers who alerted the area police.

Relatives could later be informed through an anonymous call on what had happened and that he never spent the night in his house.

“I informed the rest of the family members and rushed to his house but we never found him. We proceeded to where we had been told he was found and sadly he was the one hanging dead,” said Ms Mary Machuki, a relative.

Residents who saw him said that something about how the crime scene was staged did not make sense.

To Mr James Metobo, on Saturday night it rained heavily but the clothes the deceased was wearing were dry.

“We are suspecting foul play here. That young man would not have hanged himself. It rained the whole night and it is wet everywhere. How come his clothes remain dry outside the kiosk,” James Metobo, a resident queried.

A postmortem conducted on the body of a male teacher cum blogger revealed that he was strangled.

Bonchari MP Charles Onchoke who was a close friend to the late Duke Nyabaro joined family members to call for speedy and conclusive investigations into the killing.