A 74-year-old retired police officer has committed suicide by hanging himself in Mba village, Mbooni East Sub-county, Makueni County.
According to Kako/Waiya area chief Patrick Ndiku, the body of the deceased was found dangling from a mango tree on his farm.
The administrator said the deceased's widow told the authorities that the ex-serviceman had called the family last night and informed them that he was travelling to Mombasa to check on his business and that he was leaving with a 3 am bus.
The retired officer woke up early to prepare and leave for Mombasa and left as the rest of the family members slept.
However, the family was shocked to learn that he did not travel and had taken his own life using a jacket, shirt and belt he was wearing when he left the house.
"The man hanged himself using the jacket he was wearing but it tore, then went ahead and tied his belt and a sweater he was wearing inside the jacket and killed himself," the chief stated.
The shocked family members say the retired officer who also runs a business along Wote-Itangini road in Makueni County had no issues or differences with anyone.
The late did not leave a note explaining why he took his life.
His body was picked up by police officers from Mbumbuni Police station and taken to Tawa Mortuary for preservation and autopsy.