A family in Kapsongoro village, Chepsangor, Nandi County, is distressed as their son; a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) allegedly took his own life after failing to secure a job.
Michael Kibet, reportedly committed suicide at his brother’s compound in Lessos after fruitless job searches.
Kibet, 26, earned a First Class honours degree in ICT and Telecommunication from the Juja-based institution in 2021, and he had also achieved an A plain at Meteitei Boys High School in Tinderet Nandi.
The incident was confirmed by Area Chief David Rugut, who stated that the deceased hanged himself outside his brother’s house due to frustration.
Rugut expressed sorrow over the loss of Michael, describing him as a hardworking and disciplined young man in the Chepsangor area.
“The news of Michael’s death shocked the locals. Many couldn’t believe it because he was a humble and responsible young man,” the chief remarked.
Kibet had hoped to find employment immediately after graduating at the top of his class.
Until his passing, Kibet had been living with his mother, a retired nurse and single mother who had been supporting her children alone since the death of her husband.
“It’s difficult to pinpoint the main cause of Kibet’s death since his parents provided a solid educational foundation. It’s truly tragic to lose such a vibrant young man,” Rugut added.
The deceased’s body was taken to Samaritan Funeral Home in Kapsabet as funeral arrangements are underway. The burial is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2023.
Suicide cases have been increasing in the country, with stress and depression being identified as contributing factors, according to experts.
“We had no idea he was going through difficulties. Whenever he faced a problem, he would confide in us,” revealed an anonymous relative to the news reporters.
Kenya’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% in the fourth quarter of 2022, a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from the corresponding quarter in 2021, according to the Kenya Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). This resulted in the number of unemployed Kenyans decreasing to 960,001, down from 1,055,816 in Q4 2021.