A Regular Police officer has committed suicide over his wife’s alleged infidelity, Deputy County Commissioner Jacob Ruto said.
Moses Maloi, attached to Nguni Police Post in Mwingi, Kitui shot himself on chin on Monday night inside All Nations Rival Church and left behind a note scribbled in Kiswahili.
Witnesses said he was overheard complaining about his brother whom he only referred as Joel who allegedly “snatched his wife”.
“Joel huyo bibi nimekuachia, OCPD na OCS tumefanya kazi vizuri, kwaherini, (Joel, I have left for you that woman, OCPD and OCS we worked well together, goodbye),” the note read.
Two weeks ago, the wife is reported to have visited him, but the deceased only greeted his child and snubbed her at the reception.
Contacted by the Nation, Mwingi East police boss Gideon Mugambi refused to comment. However, the Deputy County Commissioner, Mr Ruto said it is true the officer killed himself, but referred reporters to Nguni Chief Simon Mulae.
“Why don’t you confirm from the chief? I am far away and I do not have clear information about the incident,” he said.
The chief said the officer had shown signs of depression and broke into tears especially when drunk. The administrator said the officer, who hailed from Kiseriani in Kajiado, spent most of the day in a bar.
“He drank at a local pub at Nguni market and was seen sobbing. He was on duty with other officers but around midnight they parted.
“A while later, his colleagues heard a gunshot. They found him dead at the alter in the church with a suicide note, a few metres from the officer’s rented house. The constable’s body was taken to Mwingi Level IV Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, the government has set up a special programme to help police officers to deal with psychologically issues, Administration Police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi has said.
“Counsellors visit the officers to find out their mental states and in case they are facing challenges they get help from the psychologists to help the cope with issues,” he said.