Police in Homa Bay County have launched investigations into the death of a 23-year-old man who allegedly committed suicide after claims of being visited and served food by his late grandmother.
The body of Fred Omondi was found dangling from a tree in a bush at Ogongo Tir village, Ogongo Sub Location in Mbita Sub-county two weeks after he went missing.
The body was spotted by a boy who was looking after goats near the bush.
Omondi reportedly left their home two weeks ago without telling any of the family members of his destination.
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While confirming the incident, Ogongo sub-location Assistant Chief Margaret David said the family had reported Omondi's disappearance.
“The family reported that Omondi’s phone was switched off since he went missing,” said the chief.
The deceased’s wife told the police that Omondi used to complain of being visited and given food by his late grandmother.
According to the wife, Omondi used to come home with food items such as sugar claiming they were from his late granny.
Mbita police boss James Ademba said the deceased could have been mentally disturbed and must have taken his life because of the said visits by his grandmother.
“The wife told us the deceased used to complain of the grandmother’s numerous but secretive visits. At times he could go home with sugar saying he had been given by the grandmother,” Ademba said.
He said the young man had threatened that he would one day kill himself over the matter.
“He had reportedly issued the threat but people thought he was not serious,” he added.
The police boss said the body had been taken Homa Bay hospital morgue for postmortem.
“We cannot conclude that he committed suicide but we are waiting for the postmortem report,” Ademba said.
Meanwhile, police in Homa Bay County are investigating the death of a fisherman who allegedly committed suicide after his wife walked out of their marriage.
The man identified as Benard Okinyi committed suicide in his rental house at Wadiang’a village, Kaksingri West location in Suba Sub-county.
Okinyi’s body was found dangling from the roof of his rental house.
Residents said the man committed suicide because of domestic differences he had with his wife.
The differences came after squabbles with his first wife who went with children through separation some months ago
Suba Sub-county Police Commander Antony Njeru said Okinyi’s body was discovered by the deceased’s brother who had not seen him for two days.
“The brother went to visit him and found the door closed from inside. He suspected something was wrong and broke the lock and entered the house,” said Njeru.
The police boss said they had opened an inquest file on the matter.
“We are investigating the matter to establish the causes of his death,” Njeru added.
The body was moved to Sindo Sub-county hospital mortuary for postmortem.
The suicide comes a fortnight after a former police officer also committed suicide in the area.
The ex-police officer identified as Samuel Obote committed suicide in his home at Ong’ayo Village, Kaksingri East location in the sub-county.
The police boss urged residents to avoid taking away their lives.