Humble, calm, polite, obedient, cheerful, bright. This is how friends, relatives and teachers of a man who confessed to being an Al-Shabaab member saw him.
Elgiva Bwire Oliacha’s teacher at Tom Mboya Primary in Dandora, Nairobi, Mrs Rose Oyoo said he was an average performer.
Bwire was yesterday sentenced to life in jail.
“We did not notice anything bad or unusual about him. He was a good boy. We were surprised to see him in court,” Mrs Oyoo said.
Musician Angano of the Wakamba Wawili group said Bwire used to be a close friend and that he last saw him three years ago.
“We grew up together in Dandora. He was a good person, polite and liked discussing politics,” Angano said.
The musician said Bwire, the first person to confess in court to being an Al-Shabaab member and responsible for two grenade attacks in Nairobi, liked music.
“He rarely visited clubs and never used drugs. He, however, used to chew miraa but stopped,” he said.
Mr Ibrahim Onyango said he attended Kenya Polytechnic with Elgiva between 2004 and 2006. He said Bwire studied electrical engineering.
“We used to meet in bars around college and in town. He was cheerful and liked having fun. He never seemed like a person who can harm anyone,” Mr Onyango said.
Other reports, however, indicated Bwire was involved in drug dealing.