In Summary
  • The man was on a drinking spree on Friday and talked a lot about wanting to die and his family being bereaved on Saturday.

A 63-year-old man, living alone after his wife and children left him, has committed suicide at a village in Kilifi County after digging his grave.

Mzee Mwokoli Baya of Mkongani Village in Kilifi North on Friday night hanged himself on a tall coconut tree outside his compound.


More astonishingly is that the old man had been secretly digging a grave without his neighbours noticing.

On Sunday, Kilifi OCPD Alexander Makau said police were investigating the suicide theory of the old man, whom neighbours said lived a dejected life after his family deserted him.

“We want to know the motive behind his death. Sometimes people tend to speculate when one dies but we want to conduct proper investigations into the circumstances that led him to taking his own life,” said Mr Makau.


According to a neighbour, Baraka Sheban, Mr Baya spent the entire Friday afternoon drinking palm wine and was drunk.

“First he came to my home and sold some mangoes to me. He left only to return with palm wine and said the party had just begun. I did not understand but he sat down and we started taking the mnazi,” said Mr Sheban.

He added that moments later, he started talking about death and how he would wish to die. This shocked Mr Sheban.

“He tried to call a boda boda rider, saying that he was interested in dying that day, so he wanted someone who could kill him. I tried to calm him down but he would hear none of it,” said Mr Sheban.


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