As Kenyans continue to digest the shocking news of the death Kalenjin musician Diana Chelele, The Standard has learnt that she walked out of a friend’s house to meet someone who kept calling her on her phone but never returned.
Chelele had been staying at her friend Damaris Chepkemoi’s house alongside another friend Faith Chepkirui Marende of Therui Band since the New Year set in.
All was going well, said Ms Chepkirui, until Tuesday last week when Chelele appeared stressed after someone kept on calling her via her mobile phone.
“She did not disclose to us who the caller was but it was clear the caller was pestering her,” Faith said.
She said at around 8pm, Chelele excused herself and took with her the keys to the gate.
“She requested to go with the keys to the gate and the house so that upon her return she would easily access the house without bothering us. But she never returned,” said Chepkurui.
Meanwhile, a recording done by the musician in October before she attempted suicide has emerged.
In the recording, the musician pleads for forgiveness from God, her parents and the people of Bomet.
“God, what will it amount to if all my life I have lived in misery? All these years I have been in the (music) industry yet I don’t own anything. Everything I have earned has been snatched from me,” a sobbing Chelele is heard saying.
A distressed Chelele further asks God why she has never found comfort in her life although she has sung and praised Him. “God, why have you forsaken me? Why have you let me suffer so?” she asks.
The singer accuses her former husband of mistreating her and her daughters. She also regrets that she had not been a good daughter to her parents.
Regarding the court case where she is accused with her husband of murdering a businessman, Chelele says she was innocent and that the businessman was not her lover but someone who was helping her.
In the tape, Chelele reveals she had made attempts to seek assistance from Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto in vain. She pleads with the governor to take care of her children.
“I want to call for unity among all the Kalenjin communities. It is in this unity that you shall not be mistreated as I have been mistreated,” she adds.
She asks for forgiveness from fellow musicians whom she could have crossed paths with during her work.