Written by Shillah Mwadosho
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The 23 years old Lui Kiptanui, a candidate of a provincial boys’ secondary school in Nandi County committed suicide by hanging with a barbed wire near his home in Ngechek village Nandi Central district.
Tragedy struck Terige boys’ secondary school on Madaraka Day when the body of Kiptanui was found in the evening hanging on a tree near his home in Ngechek village about ten kilometers away from school.
According to the principal of the school, Mr. David Litala, the candidate had been reported to have stolen pocket money from a form three student.
He said that a form one student witnessed and when the matter was reported, the deceased affirmed that he had taken sh. 2400 and surrendered Sh. 400.
“He then promised that he would pay the rest the following day and we forgave him for his honesty,” said Mr. Litala over phone to West fm. Mr. Litala said that the boy hanged himself with a barbed wire after he sneaked out of the school on the fateful day.
Kapsabet OCPD Nelson Okioga confirmed the incident and said that police removed the student’s body from the scene and took it to the Kapsabet district hospital mortuary.
“We retrieved a suicide note and we are still carrying out investigation about his death, we are not in a position to make public additional information”, Okioga said.
The suicide note indicated that the student had committed suicide after he was falsely accused of stealing a mobile phone.
Mr. Okioga further said five students have recorded statements and promised to cooperate with police in the investigation.
The principal and two teachers who were on duty then also recorded statements with the police.
The principal dismissed the content of the suicide note and alleged that the deceased might have committed suicide due to stress.
“He was a staunch member of Christian Union and a treasurer of journalism club. He might have committed suicide to avoid embarrassment,” he said.
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