A man living alone after his wife and children left him, took his own life at a village in Kilifi County after digging his grave.
Mzee Mwokoli Baya, 63, of Mkongani Village in Kilifi North on the night of Friday, December 1 hanged himself on a coconut tree outside his compound.
Zipo.co.ke has learnt that the old man had been secretly digging a grave without his neighbours suspecting.
Kilifi OCPD Alexander Makau said on Sunday that police were investigating what was suspected to be suicide by the old man whom neighbours said lived a dejected life after his family deserted him.
“We want to know the motive behind his death. Sometimes people tend to speculate when one dies but we want to conduct proper investigations into the circumstances that led him to taking his own life,” the Nation quoted the police boss.
A neighbour by the name Baraka Sheban said Baya spent the entire Friday afternoon drinking mnazi, a popular palm wine.
“First he came to my home and sold some mangoes to me. He left only to return with palm wine and said the party had just begun. I did not understand but he sat down and we started taking the mnazi,” said Sheban.
The neighbour said that he was shocked as while they were drinking, Mr baya started talking about death and how he would wish to die.
“He tried to call a boda boda rider, saying that he was interested in dying that day, so he wanted someone who could kill him. I tried to calm him down but he would hear none of it,” the daily quoted Mr Sheban.
It is said the deceased later left and headed to another neighbour’s home where he wished him well and asked them if they could visit his bereaved family on Saturday because someone would a have died.