On Tuesday, Kenyans woke up to a bizarre incident where a police officer shot dead six people with an AK-47 in the early hours before committing suicide.
The policeman, identified as Benson Imbatu, reportedly went on a shooting spree where he shot and killed his wife and five others including two boda boda riders, one of whom is still undergoing treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.
It has now emerged that this unfortunate incident could be linked to increasing cases of suicide within the police service, which have been associated with trauma.
Earlier this year, the country was treated to another shocking incident after a police officer, Caroline Kagongo, grabbed national headlines after killing two men in a span of 24 hours.
According to a study by Kenyatta University, about 60 police officers die by suicide annually with majority said to crumble under social, financial and workplace pressures.
Inspector General Hilary Mutyambai had previously warned that the “stress and trauma” officers undergo can leave them with “psychological and emotional scars that require healing” and in 2019 had launched a programme to help officers struggling with trauma.
Do you think the government is doing enough to end these suicide and murder cases within the police service?
Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines today:
Doctor’s Take on DP Ruto’s Gruelling Campaign Schedule
Deputy President William Ruto never seems to rest, he’s always on the go, he seems indefatigable.
He is fit, he exercises, he doesn’t drink or smoke. He’s only 56. But he is human.
Suicide Bomber Among Three Killed in Kisumu Blast
Three people have been killed in Nyakach, Kisumu county after a suicide bomber detonated himself.
The victims, a man and wife, aged 55 years died during the blasts on Tuesday evening at about 5pm. The attacker died on the spot.
‘We Cannot Allow Maina Njenga to Join UDA,’ Duale Says
Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale has chastised the former Mungiki Sect leader Maina Njenga over rounds of booing witnessed during DP Ruto’s Tuesday tour of Laikipia.
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Tuesday night, Duale told off Maina Njenga saying that his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party would not want any association with a person such as Njenga who instigates violence.