The 44-year-old man who was found dead in his two-bedroom rented house in Ngumba Estate, Kasarani Constituency in Nairobi County on Saturday morning (June 13), had lost his job due to the negative effect of COVID-19 on businesses, police now say.
The deceased, a hotel worker in Nairobi, was laid off recently.
The caretaker of the apartment that the deceased lived in, said on June 5 she served the tenant with his May 2020 water bill, but on returning to his house nearly a week later, she discovered that the bill, which had been written on a piece of paper and placed on an opening near the door handle, hadn’t been touched.
The caretaker also discovered a foul smell emanating from the tenant’s house. She, thereafter, informed the apartment’s landlord, who filed a report at Kasarani police post.
Police arrived at the scene and broke down the deceased’s door, and discovered he was lying lifeless on the floor.
The law enforcement officers suspect that the man died nearly one week ago.
“The smell was too pungent, indicating that the man died many days ago,” said one of the deceased’s neighbours.
It remains unclear whether the deceased was married, though he stayed alone at his Ngumba home, neighbours said.
Police officers from Kasarani post took the man’s body to City Mortuary, where a postmortem on the 44-year-old will be conducted.
The cause of his death remains unestablished, though authorities suspect he could have succumbed to a heart attack.
Investigations into his death have begun, said Kasarani OCPD Muthuri Mwongera.