Police in Embu are piecing together incidents that made a third-year student of Education, Chemistry, and Mathematics at the University of Embu kill himself.
The 21-year-old, Brian Mwenda, allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday, 14 April over a Ksh 89,000 examination fee he was supposed to clear before sitting for 10 past exam retakes.
Friends of the deceased said Brian performed poorly in 10 units. Each unit costs Sh 8,900 for a retake and that they comforted Brian after he disclosed his condition to them telling him all would be fine.
”The fee to re-do a unit was Sh 3,000 but it was hiked to Sh 8,900. Brian had failed in ten units and raising all that money must have been difficult for him,” a schoolmate of Brian said.
Cyrus Njue the landlord of the house where Brian committed suicide said he was informed by students who are also his tenants urging him to rush to the plot because there was an urgency.
Reaching Brian’s house he encountered a lifeless body hanging from the roof. He notified the area assistant chief who invited the police and together the local authorities toured the scene.
The landlord said that Brian did not appear troubled or distressed and was always in a happy mood. He revealed that the deceased approached his family and asked to pay his rent at a later date as he couldn’t do so at the expected time owing to some financial difficulties he was handling at the time.
Embu county police commander Daniel Rukunga confirmed the incident saying that the probe has begun to establish the core of what truly occurred.
University of Embu Deputy Chancellor in charge of Academics Research and Extension Prof. Kiplagat Kotut stated that the institution had received a report of the death of the student but the matter was a police matter since it happened outside the school premises.