The Nandi community is reeling from the profound anguish that has befallen a family following the untimely demise of one of their own, who reportedly resorted to suicide after facing insurmountable challenges in securing employment.
Michael Kibet, an exceptional individual who graduated with First Class honors in ICT and Telecommunication from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology in 2021, had always harbored hope for a promising career. However, after two years of tireless efforts in search of a job, his aspirations remained unfulfilled. It is with great sorrow that we share the news of his tragic suicide at his brother’s residence in Lessos, where he had sought refuge while pursuing employment opportunities.
The local chief, David Rugut, has confirmed the incident, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding this devastating event. According to him, the weight of frustration pushed the 26-year-old to hang himself outside his brother’s home, leaving the entire Chepsangor community in shock. Michael’s premature departure has not only robbed the world of a brilliant student but has also deprived the Chepsangor location of a reliable professional.
“Our hearts are heavy with grief over the loss of Michael,” Chief Rugut expressed, encapsulating the sentiments shared by many in the community. “He was an industrious and disciplined young man within our locality. Regrettably, his despair led him to this tragic end, as recounted by his grieving brother.”
Until his unfortunate passing, Kibet resided with his mother, a retired nurse and single parent, who had been shouldering the responsibility of raising and educating her children single-handedly since the untimely demise of her husband. This distressing turn of events has only added to the hardships endured by this resilient family.
As the community attempts to come to terms with this immense loss, preparations for Michael’s final journey are underway. The body of the deceased has been transferred to the Samaritan Funeral Home in Kapsabet, where funeral arrangements are being made. On Friday, June 9, 2023, he will be laid to rest, surrounded by loved ones who are grappling with the profound tragedy that has befallen their community.