A police officer attached to Changamwe Police Station, Mombasa, Kenya has taken his own life after penning a letter to the Officer Commanding Station (OCS).
In a suicide note seen by K24 Digital, the officer asked his boss to treat his suicide as a natural death stating that he no longer wanted to live.
“Kwanza kabisa natoa shukrani zangu kwa ule mda tumefanya kazi pamoja. Yangu nikuwaambia mimi naona muda wangu wa kuuishi duniani umefika mwisho, sina any other reason, just take it as a natural death and take me home sir,” the note read in part.
The officer, whose identity has not been made public, further asked his colleagues to send some money to a fellow officer identified as sergeant Maina in the event that contributions towards his funeral expenses are made.
“Pili naomba kama mtaform a WhatsApp group ya mchango please out of that contribution, please submit Ksh24,000 to Sgt Maina,” the note further stated.
In the note, which appears to portray that the officer was in debt, he listed mobile phone numbers belonging to two women, asking his OCS to send them money should contributions be made towards his send-off.
“These two numbers ambao walinisaidia na pesa yao; Jeruto – 0726#####5 -MPESA shop -17,000, Philipita – 0726#####1 – This lady she’s my classmate from class one to Form 4, alinisaidia na Ksh50k,” the suicide note further stated.
The officer further asked his boss to treat the matter as confidential in safeguarding his image before his family.
“Please treat this as special as my family hawajui hiyo madeni, those two women, call them,” the note further stated.
The officer’s suicide comes just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta asked men and women in the service to seek help if they are facing any personal challenges while in the course of duty.
“There is so much going on in the world, but it doesn’t hurt to share your problems,” Uhuru said after officiating the passing out of General Service Unit (GSU) officers at Embakasi in Nairobi on Wednesday, December 8.
The Head of State further encouraged men and women in uniform to consult their peers, employers and family members when faced with difficulties advising that their issues have solutions.
“Please step forward. There is no shame in it…we can find solutions and help you become even better officers,” the President said.