BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,4TH AUG,2021-Police have begun investigation into a sad incident in which a couple was found dead in their house in Kiambu Town after an apparent murder and suicide.
The body of 42-year-old businessman in spare parts Jonathan Mukundi Gachunga was found alongside that of his wife Philomena Njeri, 30 hours after the incident had happened.
The motive of the incident is yet to be known. Friends who had seen Gachunga hours earlier said he looked jovial.
Gachunga was a licensed gun holder and operated his spare parts shop in Industrial Area, Nairobi. His wife worked at the shop.
He is said to have shot his wife three times on Tuesday evening before turning the gun to himself.
The lifeless bodies of the two were found inside their bedroom which had been locked from inside.
They were later moved to the mortuary.
Police said they recovered his mini Glock gun from the scene. Kiambu police boss Ali Nuno said they are investigating the incident.
This comes on the backdrop of such cases being reported in the county in recent days with close to 1000 people committing suicide .
On July 31, a prison warden committed suicide in his house in Kamagambo area, Migori County days after he had gone on social media and issued threats to do so.
The body of constable Seth Ojwang, 33 was found dangling from his roof.
He was attached to Siaya prisons.
Ojwang had last week threatened to commit suicide over domestic issues he had with his wife.
His family told police they were aware the deceased had issues with this wife and they know it was the cause of the incident.
Police say there has been a spike of incidents of suicide both in civilians and uniformed officers, which is alarming.
A report by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations says at least 500 people have committed suicide in separate incidents in three months (March-June) in the country.
The report added some 409 people were seriously assaulted during the same period, between March and June.
The country has also witnessed an increase in intimate partner killings and family-based crimes partly due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and mental health issues.
The data released by the DCI indicated that men were more prone to committing suicide than women.
According to the data, Kiambu tops the list with the highest number of suicides, 109 cases and the youngest person reported to have committed suicide was nine years while the oldest was 76 years old.
The central region led with 181 cases followed by Rift Valley (68), Nyanza (67), Nairobi (64), Eastern (57), Western (29), Coast (14), and North Eastern (3)Muranga county came second after Kiambu with 37 cases followed by Kisii (25), Kakamega (24), Nyeri (21), Kisumu (21), Embu (20) Uasin Gishu (18).
Nakuru, Makueni and Bomet recorded 17 cases each.
Others were Kericho (16), Nyandarua (14), Machakos (14), Narok (9), Meru (6), Mombasa (5) Busia (4), Laikipia (4), Taita Taveta (3), Wajir (3), Homabay (2), and Kwale (2).
Lamu, Bungoma, Siaya, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia and Tana River recorded one case each while the remaining counties did not record any case of suicide during the same period.