• The elder left behind a suicide note that indicated he loved the widow both on earth and in heaven and telling the family they had no right to stop him from the inheritance.
Residents of Rang’i village in Rangwe Sub County were shocked after a village elder committed suicide after he was allegedly dissuaded from inheriting a widow by his family members.
The elder, identified as Duncan Ong’ong’a was found dangling from a rope tied to an avocado tree near his parents’ home on Monday.
It is reported that the 44-year-old man was infuriated after the family demanded he drops the widow he had cohabited with for almost two years.
Ong’ong’a who is a widower, had a quarrel with his other new second wife before he hit her with a wooden stick and ran away, thinking that she had died after collapsing.
Confirming the incident, the area Assistant Chief Crispin Onyango said the village elder’s family were against the inheritance as this would not augur well with his new marriage.
The administrator further added that the elder left behind a suicide note that indicated he loved the widow both on earth and in heaven and telling the family they had no right to stop him from the inheritance.
According to the deceased’s family, the elder had neglected his first wife who passed away in March this year and they needed him to put all his concentration on his new wife.
Rangwe Sub County Police Commander Joseph Okuna said the body had already been examined and there were no signs of foul play, before moving it to the Homa Bay County Referral hospital morgue.