Dowry drives Kenyan man to his death

May 26, 2010 12:00 am

, NYANDARUA, Kenya, May 26 – A love-struck-man in Nyahururu has committed suicide allegedly after he was unable to raise bride price for a girl he wanted to marry.

Kennedy Mwangi Wanjiku, 25, a shopkeeper at Shauri village on the outskirts of Nyahururu town, hang himself inside his one-roomed timber house that also served as his shop.

According to neighbours, Mr Mwangi lived with his 18-year-old girlfriend who was running the shop as he scouted for other casual jobs in the neighbourhood.

The deceased is said to have visited the girl’s parents two days ago to seek her hand in marriage but the girl’s father demanded Sh50,000 as dowry before he could bless their union.

A neighbour told Capital News that Mr Mwangi had developed a foul mood since that day he visited the girl’s parents and hinted that he could end his life because the bride price was too high.

Nyandarua divisional police boss Jasper Ombati confirmed the incident saying that the young man’s body was taken to Nyahururu district hospital mortuary for preservation after police retrieved it from where it was dangling from the rafters of his house.

Mr Ombati said that police were still investigating the death since Mwangi did not leave a suicide note.

The divisional police chief however regretted that cases of suicide involving young people in the region were on the rise as the incident comes barely three days after another man took his own life for un-known reasons.

For the last one month, five people have committed suicide in Nyandarua North district with the police boss saying the trend is worrying.

“I think something is wrong with our young people. We are yet to establish why the number of suicide cases are increasing day-by-day especially among the youth.”


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