Man Commits Suicide in Kakamega After Frequent Calls From Digital Money Lender

A man in Navakholo, Kakamega county, allegedly committed suicide on Saturday, October 17, after frequent calls from a digital money lender.

The man identified as Solomon Ayindi is said to have defaulted on payment of a loan, he took due to the harsh economic impact of Covid-19.

According to Ayindi’s mother, Alice Omwenje, her son had borrowed Ksh.30,000 from the said mobile money lender and was constantly being pressured to repay the loan.

His family said that the deceased had repaid part of the loan, but he could not find ways to repay the outstanding balance that he was struggling to clear.

His body was found hanging from the ceiling of his house on Saturday night, leaving most residents shocked.

The family claims that the digital lender failed to listen to Ayindi’s requests for an extension of the repayment deadline.

The village elders said that the man’s house is set to be demolished in line with the traditions whenever a man commits suicide.

The elders further revealed that his body would not be taken to a funeral home, but will instead be buried at the spot where he committed suicide, and without a ceremony.

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