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Kenya: Catholic Priest commits suicide in a lodge

A Catholic priest, Father Stephen Kyalo, has committed suicide by taking poison in a local lodging at Kilala Market, Makueni, Kenya.

Father Stephen Kyalo, serving in Kako area in Makueni Parish, whose body was found lying lifeless, reportedly booked a room at the lodging around 8:00 am on Sunday January 23, and ordered whiskey worth ksh1,600.

The police report read; “At around 0800hrs, they received a client who needed a room and was booked after paying ksh1,000.”

The priest was said to have remained in his room the whole day without making another order which prompted the attendants to check on him at around 8:00 pm.

After continuously knocking on his room in vain, they sought the police service to break the door and found him dead.

Makueni Sub County Police Commander, Timothy Maina who confirmed the incident, said they recovered a poisonous substance that the priest reportedly swallowed.

Maina said; “It is believed that he ingested a poisonous substance while in the room. We recovered some remains of the substance and a Red Label Whiskey bottle.”

The motive behind his decision remains unclear. The body has since been moved to Makueni Hospital Morgue awaiting postmortem as further investigations commence.

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