At least 80 people have committed suicide in parts of Kenya in the last four weeks, according to Police records, five of them facing serious criminal cases including murder, attempted murder and stealing and all committed suicide while in Police custody.
According to Police records, two murder suspects Patrick Pkemei Loshameri and a former Strathmore University student Marjan Andele Idahason committed suicide at Kapenguria police station and Mathari Referral Hospital respectively on the same day, Thursday, Aug. 23.
In Parklands, an attempted murder suspect David Mwai Wanjiru, 25, committed suicide at Parklands police station where he was being held for trying to kill former Garissa County Finance CEC Idriss Mukhtar.
At Bangale Police Station, Omar Adan, 27, who had been held for the offence of stealing, committed suicide while in police custody on Aug. 22.
Constable Mwandaro Makungu reported that he went to the cells and found the suspect dangling on the roof of the cells.
At Webuye Police Station, 30-year-old John Mukhwana who had been detained in custody on August 3 for stealing and being in possession of bhang is also said to have committed suicide in cells.
The deceased had been taken to the station by his sister and members of the public while drunk.
At around 4.20 a.m. officers heard loud screams and rushed to the cells where they found the deceased had committed suicide by hanging himself on a window grill.
A University of Nairobi lecturer (UoN), a UoN student, a Kenyatta University and a NIBS college students also committed suicide during the same period.
On Aug. 10, UoN lecturer Danston Mukathe Nguru, 68, committed suicide in his residence in Zimmerman.
He left behind a suicide note saying he was tired with life and asked the family members to take his body to Chiromo.
On Aug. 11 a second year Kenyatta University student John Gachina Mbugua, 21, who had gone missing two days earlier was found dangling from a tree.
He had a suicide note in his pocket saying he was lonely.
The following day, a UoN student Lemmy Lemaiyian Merinyo allegedly jumped from the 7th floor of a residential apartment in Kariobangi Light Industries. He died on the spot.
Another first-year student at the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) Mary Wanjiku Njenga, 18, committed suicide in his father’s house in Ruai block 10.
A secondary school student and two primary school pupils also committed suicide during the same period. Reports also indicate that at least three of the deceased persons were suffering from mental illnesses.
In Rioma, Kisii county 29-year-old mental patient Raphael Muturi was on August 31 found hanging on a rope tied from the door frame of his house.
Another mental patient, Josphat Mwilu Mutua, 30, committed suicide near his father’s compound on Aug. 30 in Kithimani, Yatta.
At least 10 cases were attributed to taking poison while the majority of the cases were attributed to hanging.
Stress is also said to be a major factor with reports indicating the death of a spouse, separation, and land issues among other issues contributed to such deaths.
Two men, according to the report committed suicide shortly after the deaths of their spouses.
In Kanani village, Athi River, David Murinda, 31 who was organising for the burial of his wife was found having committed suicide in one of the houses.
Another man, Calvince Odiwuor Amo, 29, committed suicide on Aug. 4 in Nyatike, Migori County, just a few hours after he was involved in an accident where his wife died on the spot.
In Kapkatet Kericho county, Samuel Ngeno, 57, committed suicide on Aug. 20, after being evicted from the Mau Forest. The deceased had sold his land in Keneni village and relocated to Mau forest.