June 18, 2024

High school teacher commits suicide after losing money in Aviator bet

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High school teacher commits suicide after losing money in Aviator bet

A high school teacher in Nyamira dies by suicide after he allegedly lost money in the Aviator gaming bet

A high school teacher in Nyamira dies by suicide after he allegedly lost money in the Aviator gaming bet.

A secondary school teacher in Nyamira, employed under the Board of Management (BOM), was on Thursday found dead in a suspected case of death by suicide.

According to Area Assistant Chief Johnson Manyara, the deceased identified as Kevin Omwenga was a teacher of Chemistry and Mathematics at Nyamira Boys Secondary School.

According to some of the teachers, Omwenga, an Aviator betting game enthusiast, was deep in debt and had borrowed money even from colleagues, alleged to be in the tune of Ksh50,000 — part of which he may have lost playing Aviator.

“I have gathered from his colleagues that he borrowed a lot of money, but lost most of it playing the Aviator game,” said Manyara.

Nyamira Boys School principal George Onkundi said the deceased was seen near the school on Wednesday – but didn’t report to work.

“He had not yet been employed by the TSC, but was teaching with us under BOM for the past four years. He didn’t show any sign of stress,” said the principal.

According to the principal, calls made to Omwenga’s phone one Wednesday night and Thursday morning went unanswered, prompting some of the teachers to walk to his house to check on him.

After knocking on the door incessantly, the teachers peeped through the window only to see his body hanging by the neck. It was then that the police and the area assistant chief were called to the scene.

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A colleague told the media that the deceased had confided in him that he was having financial problems.

“He had financial problems, he came to me and borrowed some cash and he said he had many debts but was working on paying them,” he said.

“I may not say for certain he took his life because of losing a bet but I have seen him gamble many times.”

Another teacher said the deceased, 27, had reportedly borrowed about Sh50,000 from a friend and staked it in a game but lost the bet.

“The loss must have stressed him and led him to take his life to avoid repaying the amount,” he said.

Omwenga’s wife and their one-year-old child had traveled to the village to see his sick mother.

The body was taken to Nyamira referral hospital.

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