Police are investigating an incident in which a Nairobi Remand Prison Warder Felix Kiprono fatally shot himself while manning the facility's watchtower.

Staff at the remand prison said they heard and reported gunshots, initially suspecting that the facility was under attack.

They later found out that the warden had committed suicide.

The warder had exhibited signs that he was ‘unhappy’ with the deployment to the watch though he did not raise an official complaint.

According to, risk factors do not cause or predict a suicide, rather they are characteristics that make it more likely an individual will consider, attempt or die by suicide.

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and certain personality disorders
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Major physical or chronic illnesses
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Family history of suicide
  • Recent job or financial loss
  • Recent loss of relationship
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of health care, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)