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WOUNDED FORCE? Work-related stress blamed for suicide cases among police



Work-related stress is largely to blame for the surge in suicide cases among police officers, National Police Service spokesman Charles Owino said yesterday.

He said police work is replete with stress and traumatic incidents, placing strain on officers’ work and personal life.

“The availability of firearms and exposure to psychologically adverse incidents are some of the reasons for increased cases of suicide. Again, the police culture does not allow for any physical or psychological weakness,” said Owino.

At least 15 police officers have committed suicide this year, raising concern over the mental health of a force charged with protecting the public.

In the last two weeks, at least four police officers have committed suicide under unclear circumstances.

Suicide note

On Friday evening, a police officer attached to Tala Police Post committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree using his shirt in the outskirts of Tala town.

Constable Andrew Kiplimo, had been undergoing treatment for depression. Two hours prior to his death, his wife and another colleague had tried to convince him to reduce his alcohol intake.

And in another case on Thursday morning, Constable Edwin Wesonga shot himself dead using his official firearm, an AK-47 rifle, in Mandera.

The officer was attached to Malkaruqa Police Post in Banisa sub-county. The officer had just resumed duty after an annual leave.

Owino however, said the problem was not limited to police officers.

“It is more of a societal problem than a police issue. More Kenyans are committing suicide but those involving police are more pronounced,” he told People Daily.

On May 26, AP Constable Jonah Kimani attached to Umoja II camp committed suicide inside his house. The officer shot himself using his official AK47 rifle which he had picked for patrol duties.

After getting the firearm, the officer went back to his house, changed into civilian clothes before writing a suicide note and turning the gun on himself. In the note, he claimed he was frustrated by a female friend.

Speak out

“Preliminary investigations point to suicide. There is a better way of solving issues and we urge officers to speak out,” Buruburu OCPD Adamson Bungei said.

Reports indicate that most of the officers committing suicide were junior officers who have not served in the service for long.

In January, a jilted AP officer, Constable Gideon Imanman 23, who was dating an underage girl shot himself dead in Naivasha. The deceased officer had only served for one year.

Another police officer accused of robbery took his life inside a cell at Nandi Hills police station. Constable Cosmas Kipchumba Biwott of Anti- Stock Theft Unit was being held at the station pending investigations into the claims.

Stress due to work environment has also been identified as a major cause. An AP officer, for example, shot himself dead in Garissa after he was transferred to a volatile area despite having served in the region for three years. He had been transferred to Ijara AP camp.

“Police work may force officers to work far away from home and in remote areas. This requires a lot of sacrifice, especially with the meagre salaries,” said Owino.

There has been a challenge of the inability by the senior officers to identify and offer disturbed officers help.

A recent training needs assessment revealed that some commanders, who deal directly with the junior officers, are not conversant with management, counselling, station and financial management, and public relations.

“The commanders have been advised to closely monitor their juniors, and offer them necessary help, when needed,” said Owino.

The spokesman said some commanders have been trained on emotional intelligence to help them manage their own emotions, and those of their juniors.

The training focusses on key elements including self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.


Recent suicide cases: Andrew Kiplimo—Tala

Edwin Wesonga—Mandera

Jonah Kimani—Umoja II

Gideon Imanman—Naivasha

Kipchumba Biwott—Nandi

Tirus Omondi—Mandera

Some police commanders are trained on emotional intelligence to help them manage their emotions, and those of their juniors.

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American bride ‘undergoes FGM’ in Pokot traditional wedding – VIDEO



An American missionary living in Baringo County braved female genital mutilation in order to fulfill the marriage customs of the Pokot in her traditional wedding.

The American couple has lived among the Pokots for the last 10 years doing missionary work.

Trizah and Tony said they fell in love with the Pokot culture and decided to wed in adherence to the traditions.

Among the Pokots, the bride must undergo female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to adulthood, a condition the American couple readily agreed to.

The marriage ceremony took place in Paka Hills.

Trizah was given a Pokot name Cheigar.

“I am proud to be here and be a part of this. It’s a blessing for me to be able to do this and be accepted by these people” Tony told K24 TV in an interview.

Female genital mutilation was banned in Kenya eight years ago after the enactment of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011.

Communities still practice the vice albeit in secrecy.


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VIDEO: “Drunk” Kenyan in US faces up to 99 years in Prison ‘after killing man in wrong way vehicular homicide’



A Kenya man faces up to 99 years in prison after he was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.

Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.

Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk.

Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.

Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.

“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.

Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.

Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.

“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.

Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.

Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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Authorities say Njogu has five previous DWI arrests and three previous convictions in Illinois and Missouri.

Teare described Njogu as being highly intoxicated.

“He told the deputies or asked the deputies whether or not he was in the state of Missouri immediately after the crash,” Teare said.

Njogu had a Texas driver’s license.

According to the district attorney, as long as he had been adjudicated for the other convictions, there would be nothing that would prevent him from getting a Texas license.


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ROTICH ARREST: Uhuru set to name his replacement as Treasury CS [VIDEO]



President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to name a replacement for Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich ans well as Principal Secretary in the same Ministry, Kamau Thugge, following their arrest on Monday. A source at the State House told that the President had made it clear to his cabinet that if any of them is charged in court over corruption, he would have to be replaced as the case is prosecuted.

“It goes without saying. The gloves are completely off and the President is ready to go the whole haul,” said the source who sought anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media.

Earlier this year, President Kenyatta told a joint sitting of parliament that those who will be taken to court will have to step aside.

“If you are charged in a court of law, you will be replaced,” said Kenyatta amid cheers from the lawmakers.

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution put out a lengthy statement, with minute details of how Kenyans were taken for a ride over dam projects whose cost was inflated to Sh63B.

Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi is in agreement that the President should immediately name a replacement. “He has to do it even if on a temporary basis,” Mudavadi told NTV’s Kennedy Muriithi in an interview on Monday evening.

All eyes are now set on the presidency to see whether these statements will come to pass.


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