Woman kill self over Sh9,000 merry-go round debt

A 23-year-old woman drowned after jumping into River Kuja, in Ongito village, Uriri, Migori County. 

Sylvia Aluoch plunged into the river on Thursday on her way home from a women group's meeting.

Police claim the group had threatened to auction her property over a Sh9,000 debt, but it was not clear if this pushed her to her death.

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“The woman secured the loan from a Sacco and was under pressure to re-pay," said Uriri sub county police commander Peter Njoroge who added that the woman had attended the merry-go-round of Wabongo B Group.

She reportedly boarded a motorcycle to her home but alighted on the way.

“She had boarded a motorbike of one of the group members and she requested to alight and pick her shawl which had dropped. When the motorbike stopped she jumped into River Kuja,” Njoroge said. 

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The officer noted that attempts to rescue the woman were futile since “the raging waters swept her downstream”.

“That was a small debt that never warranted such a weird action. I could have even chipped in and paid the money if I was approached over the matter,” said Njoroge.

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The body has not been recovered.

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