“He lacked nothing and had no reason to do what he did,” Bomet East MP Beatrice Kones told mourners who joined her and her family in sending off her son who took his own life a week ago.
Collins Kipyegon Kalya, 39 who committed suicide last week, had domestic problems with the wife that were ironed out days before his death.
The third-born in the family of four, died at the War Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit in Nakuru, where he was rushed.
On the eve of his death, Kipyegon shared a post on social media indicating that he was planning to commit suicide. Minutes later, his close friends who saw the post, found him unconscious at his Kaimunyi home in Nakuru.
A close relative hinted that some family members had met to iron out some issues the deceased had with his wife who is the daughter of a retired chief, two days before the incident.
“That was two days before he died. Family members from both sides met, then he left for Nakuru, leaving behind his wife who proceeded to her parents’ home in Bomet,” the relative divulged.
The source added that: “I think he was not satisfied with the talks. Sometimes back, he was admitted at a rehabilitation center. He was bipolar, though the condition wasn’t very serious. His dosage of the drugs he used to commit suicide was one a day. But on that night, he took about 20 tablets to end his life.”
Before he died, Kipyegon was jobless, while his wife is employed at a power company in Naivasha. This, according to a family member, could also have pushed him to commit suicide.
At his burial yesterday, his mom, the MP revealed that her son took his life after sending her a message while she was away in South Africa attending the PANAFRICAN parliament.
“He sent me a message stating he was taking his life and I should take care of his children. The action was unwarranted as he did not lack anything,” said Mrs Kones.
She said: “Kipyegon was my son, my driver and partner in farming enterprise… He was the only apolitical member of the family.”
She said it was unfortunate the current crop of youth cannot cope with life, which has resulted in rising cases of suicide.
“Counseling centers should be set up in every ward in the country to assist youth and the professional counselors should visit schools,” said Mrs Kones during her son’s burial.
The Deputy President William Ruto was among a host of leaders who condoled the family following the loss of their son.
In his message conveyed to the family by Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter, Dr Ruto described the late Kipyegon as a “hard working independent-minded youth.”
“I learnt with great sadness the passing on of Kipyegon and I know how unexpected death of a loved one adds to the grief,” said Mr Ruto.
He said: “The deceased wanted to make a difference for himself, his family and community through farming and was a role model to youths engaged in agriculture.”
Kipyego left behind a widow Miriam Chelangat and three sons.
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