A family in Kapsongoro village, Chepsangor, Nandi County, Kenya, is currently grieving the loss of their son, who allegedly took his own life after failing to secure a job.
The deceased, identified as Michael Kibet, was a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). It is reported that he committed suicide at his brother’s residence in Lessos after facing continuous job rejections.
Kibet, 26, had obtained a First Class Honors degree in ICT and Telecommunication from the institution based in Juja in 2021. He had also achieved an A plain in his studies at Meteitei Boys High School in Tinderet Nandi.
Area Chief David Rugut confirmed the tragic incident on June 7, 2023. He stated that the young man had hanged himself outside his brother’s house due to overwhelming frustration.
Rugut expressed deep sorrow over Kibet’s death , describing him as a diligent and disciplined young man within the community.
Having graduated at the top of his class, the deceased had high hopes of securing a job immediately after completing his studies.
“The locals were truly shocked by his untimely death. Many found it difficult to believe as he had always been a humble and responsible individual,” Chief Rugut added.
Until his unfortunate demise, Kibet was residing with his mother, a retired nurse and single parent, who had been single-handedly supporting her children’s education since her husband’s death.
“It is truly difficult to determine the exact cause of Kibet’s death, as his parents had provided him with a strong educational foundation. Losing such a vibrant young man is truly heartbreaking,” lamented the chief.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Samaritan Funeral Home in Kapsabet, while preparations for the funeral are underway. He will be laid to rest on Friday, June 9, 2023.