A documentary by BBC Africa on suicide among Kenyan men continues to elicit a lot of reactions among the Kenyan Public.
The documentary by Peter Murimi revealed a disturbing trend in Central Kenya’s Nyandarua County where close to 70 people mainly men have killed themselves in the last one year.
Apart from the worrying suicide trend, a picture of poverty, despair and alcoholism was also revealed by the documentary with the many cases of suicide being reported among people living in poverty.
This also caught the attention of many people including seasoned Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi.
Mutahi would later claims that Kikuyu’s are the poorest people in Kenya.
“Thanks @CarolineMutoko for sharing @petemurimi story on KIKUYUS committing SUICIDE. Kikuyus are the POOREST people in Kenya. FACT. The House of GEMA is a house of 10 MILLIONAIRES being served by 10 MILLION BEGGARS (JM Kariuki) ” he tweeted.
The Central province has produced three Presidents from Jomo Kenyatta to Mwai Kibaki and now Uhuru Kenyatta but even with that, a good number of areas in the region are still under-developed with residents languishing in poverty and sickness.
The BBC Documentary should therefore serve as an eye-opener to all Kenyans that most of these leaders only care about themselves.
It is time Kenyans did away with the “Mtu Wetu” narrative come the General Elections.
Failure to do this, we shall continue watching such documetaries on suicide and other grave matters affecting the ordinary mwananchi as leaders live large from their taxes.
WATCH THE BBC DOCUMENTARY ON NYANDARUA SUICIDES BELOW: