dowry woman crying

A 74-year-old woman committed suicide by throwing herself into a borehole in Lwandeti location of Matete Sub County on Saturday morning.

Maturu Sub Location Assistant Chief Festus Mukechi said the deceased Ruth Mulongo left the house at about 1 am and her daughter thought she was going to answer to a call of nature and return but she never came back.

The daughter became worried after the mother took too long to come back and decided to go and see what might have happened.

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The administrator said the daughter looked outside and even in the toilet but the mother was nowhere to be seen.

She decided to go and inform her brother but while on her way she heard her mother screaming from the borehole.

The daughter raised an alarm that attracted tens of villagers who rushed to the scene but their efforts to save her life were fruitless as they lacked the equipment to save her.

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Mukechi said the reason that led the granny to take her life in such a cruel way has not been established.

However, speaking on condition of anonymity, a family member said the granny who was ailing had been in a feud with one of her sons over land.

Police officers from Matete removed the body and took it to Chebaiywa mortuary in the neighbouring Uasin Gishu County as they launched an investigation into the incident.

KNA by Sammy Mwibanda