Kirinyaga man burns his house, digs own grave and commits suicide

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 8 Oct, 2021 10:14 | < 1 min read
He burnt his house to ashes before committing suicide. PHOTO/RICHARD MUGO

Residents of Rwathia village in Karumandi ward, Kirinyaga County were treated to a rare drama following a bone-chilling incident where a 48-year-old man set his house on fire before committing suicide.

The man identified as Joel Muthike had also literally dug his own grave where it's suspected that the deceased wished to be buried following his demise.

According to residents, after Muthike set his semi-permanent house on fire, he used a panga to thwart any effort by the members of the public to try and put out the fire.

"I have never seen anything like it, he chased us away when we tried to put out the fire," a resident said.

After the house was burnt to ashes, Muthike turned his rage to his livestock.

"I am deeply shocked because I have never seen him fuming with such kind of rage," another villager said.

It is also reportedly said that Muthike used a rope he had been using to tether his goat, to commit suicide.

His body was discovered dangling from a tree within his shamba.

His brother, Elias Murimi noted that they intend to bury the remains of the diseased in the grave that he had begun to dig.

"We have no other option but to bury my brother in the grave that he was digging," Murimi said.

Confirming the incident, Kirinyaga East Police Commander Antony Mbogo said that they have launched investigations to establish the root cause of the incident.

He also noted that the diseased did not leave behind a suicide note.

The police boss also added that the deceased was living alone since his wife had passed on some years ago.

"He has a family but his wife had passed on," he said.