A 30-year-old man from Navakholo in Kakamega County committed suicide on Saturday (October 17) over financial stress, his family claims.
Ayindi Kataka’s body was found hanging from a rope tied to the roof of his
house in Eshambitsi Village.
deceased’s family told K24 Digital
that Kataka, a bicycle repairer, had recently borrowed Ksh13,000 from a local
microfinance bank, and the lender was on his case to settle the loan.
deceased’s mother, Alice Omwenje Kataka, said her son had paid a part of the
loan, and that he was being harassed by the microfinance bank to offset the
“My son had
hit rock bottom financially, and the lender was pestering him to clear his loan.
Out of frustration, I suspect, he decided to end his own life,” said Alice.
uncle, Japheth Kataka Makokha, said the deceased’s house will be brought down
in compliance with Luhya traditions, which demand that a suicide victim’s
structure in the homestead be demolished.
who kill themselves should not even be taken to the mortuary; they should be
buried immediately at a spot near the suicide scene,” said Makokha.
body was taken to Kakamega County Referral Hospital morgue.
deceased is survived by a wife and a child.
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