A detective working at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Headquarters was rushed to the hospital after she reportedly set herself ablaze, leaving her with serious injuries.
According to a report by a local TV, the officer, identified as Dorina Luchera, doused herself with paraffin and set herself on fire after she quarreled with her husband.
The reports further indicated that her husband, Joshua Makanga, who is a police officer, had recorded a statement at Machinery Police Station in Makueni County, where he is currently attached, explaining the incident.
The police officer claimed that his wife had burned herself as a reaction to a marital row the couple had quarreled about.
Police records indicate that the DCI officer had sustained 52 percent burns all over her body.
Further reports indicate police officers arrived at the scene and rushed the detective to Kibwezi Sub-county Hospital, where she is still receiving treatment.
Her case is just one of many troubling cases of police officers attempting or committing suicide with statistics identifying mental health as one of the major causes.
For instance, Kenya Air Force officer in Nanyuki was arrested after he allegedly killed his wife and two children.
Economic Survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (2018), 421 police officers attempted or committed suicide in 2017.
On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO), in a report titled ‘Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders, showed that 4.4 percent of the general Kenyan population suffered depression in 2015.
The WHO report also ranked Kenya as the sixth most depressed nation in Africa.
The already high cases of depression and other mental illnesses have only been compounded since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country four months ago, resulting in an economic downtime.
The pandemic that has hit the world has also worsened the already bad cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse across the country.