Boy aged 12 dies by suicide in Trans Nzoia


A 12-year-old boy died by suicide in Sirende village, Trans Nzoia County, after he allegedly differed with his father.

The grade four pupil at Sirende primary school reportedly took his life by hanging at a neighbour's coffee plantation.

The minor had been assigned some work at home by his father, which he declined to do.

After quarrelling with his father, he left home to an unknown place, and his disappearance prompted the family members to mount a search.

They later found the pupil hanging from a branch of a coffee tree the next day. The deceased has been living with his stepmother.

His mother and father separated some time back over family issues.

A neighbour, who declined to be named, claimed the boy was at loggerheads with his father over the alleged mistreatment by his stepmother.

"The boy accused his stepmother of mistreating him," said a neighbour.

Kiminini OCPD Joseph Tumbo said the body was removed to Kitale county hospital mortuary.

"Unfortunately, the minor ended his life over family issues," he said.

The officer urged parents to have a dialogue with their children when there is an issue in the family.

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