Trans Nzoia man commits suicide hours after his father-in-law’s death

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 13 Jul, 2021 17:56 | 2 mins read
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Locals of Baptone area in Kiminini Sub-county, Trans Nzoia are in shock after a man hanged himself upon receiving news of his father in-law's death .

According to eyewitness, the late David Wamalwa popularly known as Timo or Timothy hanged himself from the window of his bedroom in Kiminini township.

Sources told K24 Digital that Timothy took his own life a few hours after his wife rushed home to mourn her father at Baptone within Kiminini.

“We were going about our business when we were alerted that Timo was hanging in his bedroom just a few moments after receiving news of his father in-law’s death.

Locals who spoke to K24 digital say they were shocked with the news adding that the young man who was in his early thirties was a prominent businessman who was in timber supply and also real estate and seemed to lack nothing.

“He moved to Kiminini Township after acquiring a plot and built rentals on the land at Baptone market. Timoo seemed to be very comfortable with life. We wonder what could have transpired,” a resident said. 

His wife who was only identified as Sheila could not describe the situation as it was hard for her to deal with two funerals at the same time.

“I went home in the morning after my father passed but after getting to Baptone which is my home market, I received a call from neighbors that my husband has hanged himself in our bedroom.

"Timo and I have never quarreled. In fact, he was supposed to follow me later in the day, ” a tearful Sheila told K24 Digital.

Her sentiments were also echoed by locals who schooled with him at Kabuyefwe primary school eulogising the deceased as a gentle man who could not hurt anyone.

“I knew Timo since our school days in 2000 and I am shocked by the news of his sudden demise,” a local from Baptone market added .

According to Luhya culture such a death is subjected to numerous rituals with the deceased being interred in the night.

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, the body of the deceased was preserved at Kimnini Cottage Hospital mortuary awaiting the necessary traditional processes.

“We want to bury him as soon as possible so that his spirit does not roam around and harm more people,” an elder from the bukusu tribe said.

The deceased left behind a widow and two young children with the eldest being four years.