In a heart-wrenching incident that unfolded at Kisumu’s prison, the life of Prison Constable Francis Onyango came to a devastating end. The event shocked the community and shed light on the pressing issues of mental health within the prison system.
Francis Onyango reportedly took his own life after a domestic dispute on that fateful night of Wednesday. He ended his life near the very barrier gate he had been manning with a friend, using a G3 rifle while intoxicated on duty.
Before he took this tragic step, Onyango had a heart-wrenching exchange with his wife. She approached him, requesting money for food. Onyango, facing financial and personal pressures, informed his wife that he didn’t have money and uttered words that would haunt those who heard them.
He asked her to take care of their children and to relay a message to his mother – that he would end his life soon.
While his friend mentioned marital and work-related fatigue as contributing factors, the report also revealed that Onyango had an outstanding loan that weighed heavily on him.
This incident has sparked investigations by the Maseno Police Station and Kisumu West Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Onyango’s body has been transferred to the hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The tragedy of Francis Onyango’s life ending in such a manner serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for mental health support within our correctional facilities.
Prison warders, who face immense pressure daily, require the means to cope with their emotional and financial burdens. It is imperative that efforts are made to identify and support those who may be struggling.