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Police officer linked to Kalonzo Musyoka dies by suicide

By Nyaboga Kiage November 28th, 2023 2 min read

Police in Kitui are grappling with the shocking suicide of an officer attached to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, as investigations are underway to unravel the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.

The unnamed officer took his own life on the morning of Sunday, November 26, 2023. His identity is being withheld pending notification of the family.

Reports indicate that the officer had been contemplating suicide for several months, with colleagues even having intervened previously to prevent a similar attempt.

According to Kitui County Commander Ms Leah Kithei, “His colleagues heard him groaning in pain and when they rushed to see what was happening he was found lying unconscious on his bed.”

He was swiftly transported to Mumoni Nursing Hospital in Tseikuru Trading Center, where, despite medical efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.

The reasons behind the officer’s decision to take his own life remain unclear.

Colleagues noted a change in his behavior, including operating in isolation. The situation raises concerns about the mental health and well-being of law enforcement officers.

Tragically, this incident adds to a growing trend of police officers resorting to suicide.

Psychologists attribute such occurrences to stress and depression, which have become pervasive issues within the National Police Service.

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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta had previously taken note of the escalating problem, prompting the establishment of an investigative body to address the challenges facing the police force.

Recent government statements have shed light on the broader mental health crisis affecting civil servants.

Public Service Principal Secretary Amos Gathecha revealed that a surge in cases of absenteeism among government officers is impacting service delivery.

Depression and alcohol use were identified as contributing factors, with the number of civil servants in need of counseling rising from 5,000 to 13,000 in the past year.

Uniformed officers, particularly those in the National Police Service and the Prison department, are reported to be the most affected.

The government now faces a pressing need to address mental health issues within its workforce to prevent further tragedies and ensure the well-being of its dedicated public servants.

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