DENIED BIRTHRIGHT

Muhoroni man kills self after family refuses he sells land for driving licence

After they failed to reach an agreement, Ouma threatened to end his life.

In Summary

• Police said Joseph Odhiambo Ouma, 23, hanged himself in his neighbour's house to protest against the family decision.

• Kisumu county police commander Samuel Anampiu said the area assistant chief reported the suicide.

The deceased wanted to sell a piece of land which belongs to the family so that he could get money to process his driving license.
DENIED BIRTHRIGHT: The deceased wanted to sell a piece of land which belongs to the family so that he could get money to process his driving license.
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A man killed himself on Sunday in Muhoroni after his brothers stopped him from selling family land to process a driving licence.

Police said Joseph Odhiambo Ouma, 23, hanged himself in his neighbour's house to protest against the family decision.

Kisumu county police commander Samuel Anampiu said the area assistant chief reported the suicide.

His mother said Ouma and other families members met to discuss the matter but there was no agreement. 

"She told us that her other sons rejected the plan. They had a family meeting on Sunday morning which also failed to resolve the matter," Anampiu said.

After they failed to reach an agreement, Ouma threatened to end his life.

"He was heard saying that he was going to kill himself because his brothers had denied him his inheritance," Anampiu said.

On Sunday evening, his body was discovered in their neighbour's house where he worked as a caretaker.

Police officers from Ombeyi police patrol base visited the scene and took the body to Ahero subcounty hospital mortuary for postmortem.

The county police commander said investigations by detectives from Muhoroni subcounty have begun.

 

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)