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Love gone sour: Meru Polytechnic student posts her ‘suicide video’ on WhatsApp

A video has emerged showing a 20-year old student at Meru National Polytechnic recording herself as she swallowed multiple tablets in a suspected suicide attempt.

In the 26-second clip, which has since gone viral on social media, Ms Fridah Makena is seen swallowing some unspecified tablets moments before she was found by her friends lying unconscious in her room.

The Business Management student died last Friday while undergoing treatment at Consolata Hospital, Nkubu where her friends had rushed her.

She is set to buried Thursday in Kaunjugi village, Imenti South, Meru county.

Ms Makena shared the video with her friends on WhatsApp.

She also sent photos of the drugs she swallowed to another friend, threatening to take her life over a love relationship gone sour.


In the WhatsApp conversation, the friend pleads with her not to take her life, but she stood her ground, insisting that she was fed up.

Her friends who saw the video became concerned after she failed to show up for an event he was expected to attend.

“Fellow students are very disappointed by what happened. We wish she had talked to a professional counselor or to her friends about it instead of taking her life,” said a colleague who did not wish to be named.

Reports at the institution indicate Ms Makena had differed with her boyfriend, a student at the Cooperative University of Kenya, whom she accused of cheating.

She is said to have purchased a packet of about 30 tablets of paracetamols which she ingested.

In an advert in a Meru vernacular station, the family announced that the deceased would be buried Thursday after a requiem mass at Kigarine Catholic church.