5 January 2013

Kenya: Riakanau GSU Officer Dies At Karira Hospital

Yesterday a GSU officer committed suicide for unknown reasons in Mbeere South district.

A GSU officer from Mbeere South district yesterday at Karira Mission Hospital where he had been rushed after being found unconscious in his shop in Gategi sub location in Riakanau.

The officer, who was based at the GSU headquarters in Ruaraka, is suspected to have committed suicide by taking poison.

Mbeere South police boss Bernstein Shari declined to give the name of the deceased because his family had not yet been informed about the death.

The police boss said the officer, who was on leave had been manning the shop the previous night and was found lying unconscious on the floor at around 8.30pm. Those who found first suspected he might have taken poison.

Shari said the he was rushed to hospital where he died on arrival.

OCPD said police had opened up an inquest into the death, requesting anybody who might be aware on how he met his death to give the information to the police and it would be treated with confidence.

The police chief said although there were suspicions of suicide, the deceased had not left behind a suicide note over why he might have taken away his life.

He said the suspicions were that he might have taken some of the products he was selling but that this suspicion was subject to confirmation by post-mortem and other tests.

There have been many cases of officers from the disciplined forces forces from the area committing suicide for various reasons.

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