Police officer commits suicide over alleged delay in payment of December salary

An alleged salary delay drove a Kenyan police officer from Koromotangi hamlet in Kakamega County to commit himself.

Abel Kemboi was discovered dead on January 5 after complaining to friends and family about his December salary being late.

Before committing himself, Kemboi reportedly stated that he would raise the salary issue with his employers at the Kakamega Police Station, and that he would be accompanied by his cousin, Zacheaus Kalama.

When Kalama awoke the next morning and went to Kemboi’s house, he discovered the door was locked from the inside. He broke inside the residence after receiving no response and discovered Kemboi had hanged himself. He mentioned that his late cousin had previously shown signs of depression.

Kalama said; 

“We had agreed to go to the station to inquire the cause of the salary delay from his bosses but it was shocking that he took his own life even before we achieved our mission.

“He had hanged himself and I did not believe what I saw.” 

The deceased’s immediate boss and Kakamega Central OCPD David Kabena also confirmed that he was always depressed. 

Kabena said that they had already launched investigations to ascertain the exact cause of his death. In addition, he urged officers with any underlying mental issues to seek expert attention.

He said; 

“It is important for those who realise that they are stressed to reach out and share what they are going through.”

Kemboi’s body was taken to Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital morgue awaiting postmortem.

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