Varsity student from Jaramogi University throws himself from the 5th floor after a breakup with his girlfriend.
A second-year student at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) killed himself after throwing himself from an incomplete five-story building in Bondo, Siaya County.
According to revelations by one of Samuel Otieno’s classmates and friend, Titus Eyamah, the incident took place on Friday morning a few metres from Milai hostel, where he resided.
The deceased who was pursuing Information and Communication Technology (ICT), did not attend the morning classes, which raised concerns from his friends about his whereabouts.
His body would later be recovered next to an incomplete building at 9:30 a.m.
According to his friend, Otieno, who was introverted, appeared stressed following a break-up with his girlfriend.
He adds that Otieno could have been suffering from depression.
“This past week, he appeared heartbroken after he was left by his girlfriend. Aside from that, it seems there were other underlying issues such as exam results that had just been released as well as the institution had increased fees per semester,” he said.
His body was picked up by the police and transported the body to Bondo Hospital.
The case highlights the rise in cases of mental issues, with the Kenya Mental Health Policy estimating that 20 – 25 percent of outpatients visiting hospitals, present symptoms of mental illness.
According to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey 2022, women aged 15-49 were more depressed at 4 percent, while men in the same age bracket have a depression rate of 3.1 percent.