Father kills himself after failing to raise daughter’s school fees

Father kills himself after failing to raise daughter's school fees

A man in Githurai, Nairobi, on Thursday committed suicide after failing to raise secondary school fees for his daughter.

John Castrol Okombo, 39, made the decision to take his own life after his daughter, who had landed a place at Moi Girls, could not make today’s deadline of admission due to lack of funds.

Mr. Okombo left behind a suicide note asking his mother, Margaret, to sell his share of the family piece of land and use the money to send his daughter to school.

In the handwritten suicide note, he also accused a man he only refers to as Oliver throughout the letter of conning him off Ksh.759,000.

“Now a year and I can’t manage to take my daughter to Form One, Oliver,” addresses Mr. Okombo in the note. “I can’t continue living while my daughter is crying to join school.”

Mr. Okombo also asks Oliver to send the Ksh.759, 000 he owes him to his wife so she can use it to take their daughter to school.

“My family is a long story but that’s how I have decided to end my life,” explains the deceased in the suicide note.

Mr. Okombo leaves behind a widow, Jackline Oluoch, and two children, one of whom is only 4-years-old.


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Story By Ian Omondi
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