Staffer jumps to his death from Moi Airport control tower

March 23, 2019 (5 weeks ago) 8:29 am
KCAA says the circumstances surrounding the death of the Aerodrome Control Officer II (ATC 69) remain unclear/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – An officer based at the Moi International Airport Air Traffic Control Tower in Mombasa has committed suicide in an unclear circumstances.

According to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the deceased is reported to have jumped to his death from the control tower.

The Director General of KCAA Gilbert Kibe has condoled with the family of the deceased while assuring of support.

“The family of the deceased has been informed and our officers are working closely with relevant authorities to investigate the incident,” Kibe said.

In the meantime, Kibe has said counselling sessions for the staff who were on duty with the deceased and those affected have since commenced to help them cope with the loss and grief.

“The Board and the Management stands with all the Air Traffic Control Officers during this time, having lost a valuable member of the team,” he said.

According to statistics, cases of people committing suicide in the country have been rampant with psychologists attributing this to societal related reasons that range from mental illness, personality disorders, drug addiction, relationship and financial problems among others.

On Friday, a middle-aged woman in Meru took her life due to what reports have attributed to relationship problems she encountered with the father of her child.

Millicent Kithinji made her intentions known through Facebook posts she uploaded on Friday afternoon.

Organizations in the country focusing on suicide prevention continue to intensify their campaigns by offering emotional support to those who may be in distress and therefore in danger of dying by suicide as well as creating awareness on suicide within communities.

Capital Group through its online platform Bonga.or.ke is one such platform where professional counselling is offered to individuals.

Bonga which was launched last year allows people to anonymously post their struggles and get instant help.

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