Tirus Omondi Jaoko is likely not a name you are familiar with, but you should be. He is a former Constable in the Kenya police who took his own life after what he felt was frustration in his job.
Why should you be interested in this lowly officer? The fact that he is another statistic in the ever-increasing number of policemen taking their own lives.
Tirus story is heartwrenching. Having worked in Mandera for five years, during which period he survived at least five terror attacks, Jaoko embarked on a mission to secure a transfer from the region. Sadly he would never see that request fulfilled.
He tried all means to leave the station and would openly discuss his frustration especially after he was transferred from Mandera border post to Tabaka police station in Mandera East.
The frustration was exacerbated by the fact that his young family was over 1000 kilometres away. As a result, he developed domestic problems with his wife. As a last resort, he approached one of the aides of a female Member of Parliament (MP) to help him out.
The aide asked him for money to facilitate the transfer. But the aide was not to be trusted and he ended being conned of his hard-earned monies. The aide refused to refund the money Tirus had given him.
Jaoko fell sick and things worsened, prompting his wife to leave for her rural home. Maybe with this transfer issue and his failing marriage on his mind he decided to travel to Kisumu to the home of his late sister.
On the fateful evening, the sister left for the market and left him resting in the house. When she came back, she found him hanging on a rope. A sad end to a harsh existence.
This story reminds me of a police officer who used an AK 47 rifle to fire seven bullets at his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in Nakuru town.
Constable Stephen Kimani followed the woman identified as Susan Njeri, 25, along Kanu street and murdered her in cold blood for unknown reasons.
Something needs to be done in the police force. Something.