November 7, 2020 is a day that will forever be remembered by Nairobi-based attorney John Diro.
On that fateful day, the former Nairobi County Assembly attorney deceived death by mustache after being assaulted by a security guard at a hotel in Embakasi, Nairobi.
It was a few minutes after 6:30 p.m. when he was walking into the Seasons restaurants and hotels after separating from his wife and children who were driving home.
Mr Diro went through the vehicle barrier at the gate without noticing what was waiting for him seconds later.
“The security guard confronted me and told me not to go through the barrier. Then he hit me, but when I asked why the aggression, he pulled out a long club with a metal bolt on the head to hit me, “says the lawyer.
“I fought for him, but he immediately drew a sword. He aimed at my head, but instinctively I raised both hands to protect myself, ”he adds.
The instinctive self-defense reaction saved Mr. Diro from death when the security guard identified as Suntu Robinson Olodaru aimed at his head.
“All at once he slashed both of my hands deeply. I could see my bones and veins and arteries as blood gushed out. People screamed and wondered what was going on. If I hadn’t put my hands up, he would cut my head off when he aimed the extremely sharp sword at my neck, ”says Mr Diro.
Spectators quickly tied their bleeding arms together as they searched for a vehicle to take him to the nearest hospital. Fortunately, the Embakasi Police Station OCS was out and quickly took the lawyer to the Bliss Hospital in Embakasi. At that point, his wife had been informed and she quickly turned around to the hospital.
“When my wife was busy calling an ambulance, the doctors said I didn’t have the luxury of spending time because my blood was gushing out,” he said.
He was put in his car and the woman went to the Nairobi Hospital.
On the way, his brother, now informed of the incident, called the hospital to prepare for his arrival.
They would arrive at the hospital around 7:30 p.m., but he was already in shock and cold as a corpse, only to regain consciousness the next day.
“My wife gave up after touching me because I was cold as a corpse. My brother and children cried and thought I was dead after losing 80 percent of my blood. Surprisingly, it must have been the same day my father died. What a bad coincidence! “he said, forcing himself to laugh.
Mr Diro thanks his uncle, who works at the facility, for saving his life after making sure that everything, including surgeons, doctors, his blood type, and the operating room, was ready by the time he arrived.
“I was put on the resuscitation table immediately when they added water and blood through the veins in my legs as the ones on my hands were completely severed. I also got oxygen. I briefly regained consciousness for five minutes and that gave the medical professionals hope, ”he says.
The successful operation lasted between 9:00 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. Doctors told him he was lucky enough to be taken to the hospital on time.
“I’m fine now when I lie on my hospital bed and try to exercise my fingers with soft tennis balls. The fingers move slowly, but they are still numb. However, I was told that this is a good sign that the nerves are reconnecting, ”said the lawyer.
Mr. Diro tries to explain what may have motivated the attack, given that he was neither violent nor armed, to justify such an attempt in his life.
“I don’t know the motive for the attack as this is a place I’ve been going to the hair salon and restaurant for 10 years. Most of the people there know me.”
He said Mr. Olodaru was on the run and still needs to be arrested by the police after the case was reported at the Embakasi Police Station.
“I’m suing the hotel management for negligence. I can’t write, draft, type, and sign documents. I am grounded because my limbs hardly move. “
In a letter of formal notice from his law firm Diro Advocates LLP dated November 19, 2020, Mr. Diro gave senior management five days to admit liability for injuries sustained. Failure to do so will result in legal proceedings against the hotel’s directors.
Wilson Oyamo, the hotel’s administrative assistant and deputy human resources manager, confirmed that Mr. Olodaru is a hotel security officer in charge of the driveway and parking lot.
He said he was briefed on the incident by the hotel’s branch manager Gerald Ntiwaza when he called on duty on November 9, 2020.
“On November 9, 2020, I reported to duty at 9:00 am. I met our branch manager Gerald Ntiwaza. He told me that there was an incident around 1930 on November 7, 2020, “Oyamo said in a statement to police.
“There was (a) a confrontation between our customer and (a) a security guard. The client was seriously injured and was taken to the hospital. The guard has escaped and his whereabouts are unknown, “he added.