A preacher who works as a counsellor at PCEA Chogoria Hospital in Tharaka-Nithi County reportedly committed suicide by hanging on Monday morning.
The body of Mr Fredric Murungi, 55, was found by his widow Leah Nkinga at 6.30am, according to reports by Maara OCPD Johnston Kabusia.
Ms Nkinga reported that her husband woke up at 5.30am and left for work as usual.
When she woke up at 6.30am, she found that her husband had left his job card in the pocket of a coat he left in the house.
Ms Nkinga added that she phoned him twice but he did not answer her calls.
When she walked into the cowshed, she realised that a rope that she uses to tie the cow when milking was missing.
“As I was looking for the rope I found his body hanging from the roof of a building [another house] in the homestead,” said Ms Nkinga.
She added that Mr Murungi did not leave a suicide note.
“We cannot tell what pushed him to commit suicide,” said the widow.
The OCPD said police took the body to the mission hospital's mortuary, awaiting a post-mortem.
“We have launched an investigation into the incident,” said Mr Kabusia.
Ms Jane Muthoni, a neighbour, said they were shocked about the suicide and asked police to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
She said he was instrumental in counselling people at the hospital and in the village.