A man in Kirinyaga County, from Kangai village in Mwea-West, has left his entire family in shock after he warned his wife not to remarry in a note found after he had committed suicide.
The 24-year-old man identified as Elias Chomba, is reported to have taken his life by ingesting an insecticide.
People who had seen him before he chose to take his life said the man, who was a boda-boda operator, had been in a relatively jovial mood, leaving them to wonder what exactly prompted him to commit suicide.
The man’s shocked family said they were not aware of any feud involving the deceased and anyone else that might have led to him committing suicide.
The note left by the deceased warning neighboring men against “playing around” with his wife was revealed by Kathiga Chief Jeremiah Muriithi.
“Elias’ reasons for committing suicide remain unknown,” said Mr. Muriithi.
“He, however, left a note saying his wife should be given maximum protection by the family, and that the plot of land he was supposed to be given by his mother to be given to a certain Macharia who is, in turn, expected to act as his wife’s guardian,” he further revealed.
Mr. Chomba’s body was later taken to Kibugi Funeral Home awaiting a postmortem.
According to the World Health Organization, up to 7,000 suicides are reported in Kenya annually with tens of thousands more attempting to kill themselves.
This emerged during the marking of the World’s Suicide Prevention Day at the Mathari Hospital last year.
The main cause of suicide was said to be depression.
Mathari Hospital Psychiatrist Catherine Syengo who spoke at the event said that suicide is preventable if immediate measures are taken against persons with suicidal signs.
“When somebody has suicidal thoughts the immediate person is the one who is able to identify, talk to them and link them up for better psychological health and care,” said Syengo.
She said assisting vulnerable populations by using selective prevention strategies such as strong personal relationships, offering counseling services, and using helplines will go a long way in preventing suicide cases.