Why 23-year-old UoN student attempted suicide inside a bank

University of Nairobi establishment shot [PHOTO | COURTESY]


A 23-year-old University of Nairobi (UoN) student was on Tuesday, September 26 arrested for attempting to kill himself inside a banking hall in Bondo town.

Sylvester Anyiko Majonjo, a Bachelor of Engineering student, was an intern at Equity Bank, Bondo branch, where he worked as a teller.

It is alleged Majonjo locked himself inside his booth in the morning, douched petrol on furniture and documents before setting the booth ablaze.

Majonjo’s co-workers, who got signals from smoke detectors within the bank, put out the fire using extinguishers before it could spread.

No one was injured in the morning incident.

Equity Bank, Bondo branch operations manager, Collins Chanzu, alerted the police, who rushed to scene and arrested the suspect.

Bondo OCPD, Paul Kiarie, says they found the suspect in possession of a plastic container which had petrol.

Kiarie says a preliminary probe has revealed that Majonjo was being investigated by the bank after it was discovered that he had fraudulently transferred Ksh200, 000 from a customer’s account to his personal account on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

The bank also discovered that, on diverse dates, he had fraudulently deposited more than Ksh27 million to various M-Pesa operators in Bondo town, but the transactions have since been reversed.

When questioned why he had developed a suicidal thought, Majonjo said he was facing challenges in meeting the needs of his family and that he was also frustrated at work.

Equity Bank, Bondo branch corporate manager, Javan Odera, told eDaily that investigative agencies had taken over the suspect’s case.

“There shouldn’t be any cause for alarm,” he said.

Odera, however, countered claims by the suspect that he was undergoing frustration at work due to poor pay.

“Our workers are well remunerated, including students on internship,” he said.

Odera revealed that Majonjo was a beneficiary of the ‘Wings to Fly’ programme.

Majonjo remains in custody at the Bondo Police Station till investigations are concluded.



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