A man from Mosop, Nandi County has killed himself hours after posting a suicide message on his Facebook page.
Before committing suicide, the man, identified as Dennis Yego by police tried killing his wife by stabbing her.
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According to reports, Yego stabbed his wife, identified as Zeddy Jepchirchir in the abdomen and chest before committing suicide on Wednesday.
On Monday, Yego had taken to Facebook, writing a chilling message, 'Rest in Peace to me.'
A few minutes later, he urged any creditors he might owe anything to visit him the next day, presumably to pay them off.
“Kama kuna mtu ananidai then kam before midday tomorrow (If I owe you anything come we meet tomorrow morning),” the eerie message read.
Speaking to Nation, Kabiyet Ward Representative Walter Teno said that on Monday, the couple had visited his office to seek his help in settling marital differences.
“He came to my office with his wife. They were having issues which they wanted me to help them solve. The wife had run away from their home. We talked and they agreed to go home and live together,” he said.
Expressing shock at the unfortunate turn of events, Teno said that he had thought their issues had been resolved since the couple had agreed to live peacefully.
Yego's wife was rushed to the Kapsabet Referral Hospital where she's currently admitted.
The deceased's body was found hanging from a tree.
Why more men commit suicide
According to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, of the 421 suicide cases reported in 2017, 330 were men.
Speaking at recently concluded Kenya Mental Health conference in Nairobi, Lukoye Atwoli, an associate professor at Moi University’s School of Medicine and a leading psychiatrist explained the high suicide rates among men given that women are three to four times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Prof Atwoli said men are three to four times likely to complete a suicide attempt, thus the high number of suicide victims among the menfolk.
Also, more men than women are dying from suicide because they use violent methods to carry out the act.
The World Population Review ranks Kenya at position 114 among 175 countries with the highest suicide rate.