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Murang’a assistant chief commits suicide in his office

The body was taken to Muriranjas Hospital mortuary for a postmortem.

In Summary

• Macharia allegedly committed suicide in the morning, a few minutes after he left his home for work.

• The death prompted business at Kahuro trading centre to come to halt as local residents flocked to the chief’s office.

Crime scene
Crime scene
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The body of Kahuro assistant chief Patrick Macharia was on Monday found dangling from the roof of his office.

The body was discovered by residents who sought services from the office of the administrator.

Macharia allegedly committed suicide in the morning, a few minutes after he left his home for work.

The death prompted business at Kahuro trading centre to come to halt as local residents flocked to the chief’s office.

Murang’a county commissioner Fredrick Ndunga said the 47-year old administrator committed suicide using a nylon rope.

Ndunga said, “We are yet to know what made the chief commit suicide and most worrying is that he did it in his office."

He said investigations will be carried out.

The body was taken to Muriranjas Hospital mortuary for a postmortem.

Some locals who sought anonymity claimed the administrator has been having domestic wrangles which at a point pushed him to alcoholism.

Those close to the administrator said the assistant chief has been threatening to commit suicide without detailing the tribulations he was going through.

“Our chief for some months has been experiencing domestic wrangles which we suspect could have forced him to take his life. But we will leave the work of investigation to security officers,” claimed one of the local residents.

Elsewhere, police in Maragua have arrested two suspects after they were found transporting two dairy cows on Monday morning.

Murang’a county investigation officer Daniel Kandie said during the 2am incident the suspects failed to provide sufficient information pertaining to why they were transporting the animals at night and the destination. 

“Issues pertaining to livestock theft are alarming, making law enforcers ensure the transportation of the animals is backed by provision of relevant documents,” said Kandie.

 

Edited by CM