First Class ICT graduate takes own life in Nandi after failing to secure employment

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 7 Jun, 2023 22:28 | 2 mins read
First Class ICT graduate takes own life in Nandi after failing to secure employment
The late Michael Kibet just after his graduation from JKUAT in 2021. PHOTO/Courtesy

A family in Kapsongoro village in Chepsangor, Nandi County, is in distress after their son allegedly took his own life after failing to secure a job.

Michael Kibet, a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), is said to have committed suicide at his brother's compound in Lessos after searching for employment opportunities in vain.

The deceased Michael Kibet with his mother at their home in Chepsangor location, Tinderet, Nandi County, after his graduation.PHOTO/Courtesy

Kibet, 26, graduated with a First Class honours degree in ICT and Telecommunication from the Juja-based institution in 2021 having also scored A plain from Meteitei Boys High School in Tinderet Nandi.

Area Chief David Rugut confirmed the incident, saying the deceased hanged himself outside his brother's house out of frustration.

He said the family had lost not only a bright student but a dependable professional in the entire Chepsangor location

"We are really saddened by the loss of Michael. He was a hardworking and disciplined boy in our location. He ended his life out of frustration according to his brother," Rugut said.

The deceased hoped to secure employment immediately after his studies after graduating top of his class.

"The locals were really shocked by his demise. Many didn't believe as he has been a very humble boy and very responsible," the chief said.

Until his death, Kibet was living with his mother a retired nurse and single mother, who has been educating her children alone after the death of her husband.

"It is really difficult to tell what could be the major contributor to Kibet's death as his parents really laid a good foundation for them educationally, it is really sad losing such a vibrant young man," he added.

The body of the deceased was moved to Samaritan Funeral Home in Kapsabet as funeral preparations continue. He will be laid to rest on Friday, June 9, 2023.

Suicide cases have been on the rise in the country with experts blaming stress and depression for the trend.

"We didn't know he was going through issues. Whenever he was facing a problem, he would tell us," a relative, who sought anonymity, told K24 Digital.

Kenya’s unemployment rate shrank to 4.9 per cent in the quarter running from October to December 2022, a 0.7 percentage point decline from 5.6 per cent in the corresponding quarter in 2021.

This saw the number of unemployed Kenyans shrink to 960,001 in the period up from 1,055,816 in Q4 2021, according to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics(KNBS).

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