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Man douses his body with kerosene, burns himself to death

29-year-old man burns to death after setting himself on fire inside the house in the Kasarani area of Nairobi.

A 29-year-old man is said to have burnt himself to death in yet another case of suspected suicide in Kasarani, Nairobi County.

The man identified as Denise Gakuru was found in his house burnt in the suspected suicide mission on Monday.

Police sources say the victim could have soaked a piece of cloth in paraffin and wrapped it around his body.

Gakuru is said to have also doused himself with more Kerosene after which he set himself ablaze.

Attempts by neighbours to help him save his life fell flat as he was severely burnt.

“He succumbed to injuries after he was rushed to the hospital for treatment,” according to a police report.

The motive of the young man to take his own life was not immediately clear, but this latest case adds to others in past days that have seen people take their lives amid an economic crisis and high unemployment.

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Gakuru’s body has been moved to the Kenyatta National Hospital mortuary pending an autopsy.

This comes after in August, a Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) student set himself on fire to protest the rising cost of living. 

The student died on arrival at the hospital.

The World Health Organisation rates suicide as among the top 20 leading causes of death worldwide.

WHO says cases of suicide are mostly attributed to joblessness, death, and financial difficulties.

Other reasons are bullying, previous suicide attempts, a history of suicide in a family, alcoholism and substance misuse, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Kenya ranks position 114 among the 175 countries with the highest suicide rates.

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