Only 28, newly married and enthusiastic about life and what it had to offer.
But his life was snuffed out of him at Wingu Bistro Club in Ruaka, allegedly by a puff-chested illiterate goon that are often employed as Bouncers who is believed to have been aided and abetted by two waiters.
He attended Thika High School before joining St Paul’s University for a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in finance.
A big dreamer he worked as a supplier of wines and spirits in Banana and Ruaka for three years. But he wanted to own a wholesale alcohol business,
A day before the fateful night, Brian Macharia had spent the previous day with his family, working on plans for a proposed business with his brother-in-law. The wives of the two are sisters, and they fondly referred to each other as Wakanairo (Sheng for ‘man from Nairobi’).
Martin King’ori, the brother-in-law, said the two and their wives had spent the early hours of the day at King’ori’s home. After having lunch, the men went to Karen to check on an Isuzu D-Max pickup truck that they had purchased jointly.
“We also purchased a pickup carrier, took it to a garage on Ngong Road before proceeding home. We had supper at my house and a drink before he and his wife left for home,” said his brother-in-law.
They were to meet again on Saturday evening to streamline a few things in line with their joint interest.
“He was supposed to pass by my house so we could deliberate on some issue. When I called him in the early hours of the evening, he told me that he would call me back at 11 pm. When I called him about 13 minutes past midnight, he said he would call me back, and then hung up,” King’ori told Nation
“I could hear noise in the background, so I could tell he was in a bar. Twenty minutes later, I got a call from his phone, and the person he was drinking with said Macharia had been thrown out by a bouncer.”
By the time King’ori made his way to the club to find out what was going on, police officers from the Karuri Police Station had arrived and were processing the scene.
Macharia is said to have broken a glass before he was allegedly assaulted by the bouncer. His fractured and lifeless body was found on the ground floor of a six-storey building, whose topmost floor is occupied by the club.
Three suspects, including the bouncer who was seen in a viral CCTV video assaulting Macharia and two waiters, have since been arrested.
“Postmortem results showed that Macharia died of severe injuries and organ damage. He had broken arms, legs, and ribs. His kidney and liver were ruptured as well,” says King’ori.
He added that Brian disliked violence, was jovial and outgoing.
“He was always happy and funny. I will miss him dearly. His wife and parents are still grieving, and they cannot speak as of now. We are yet to organize his funeral and set a burial date.”
Augustine Mutembei, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations officer in charge of the case, revisited the scene on Monday. He said police wanted to find out whether the opposite building had CCTV cameras, whether they captured any footage, and if so, review them to obtain more information about the events of that night.