Police reports have confirmed that a police constable committed suicide on 8th June in the afternoon. The police officer used a registered AK47 rifle to shoot himself in the head.
The incident took place at Amisom offices right behind the United States of America Embassy and four kilometers from Gigiri police station.
Officers investigating the case revealed that they had posted the deceased to his workstation alongside his female colleague. Additionally, they revealed that his colleague left for lunch at around 2.20 pm. She left the suicide victim behind.
Detectives launched an investigation into the matter to determine what pushed the junior officer to commit suicide.
Earlier this year, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) reported a spike in suicide and murder cases among police officers. The commission noted that the cases could result from limited supervision when it comes to junior officers who reside outside police camps.
“Stagnation in rank, inadequate monitoring of junior officers leaving outside police lines, and disciplinary actions arising from desertion are among causes of stress in officers identified,” the report reads in part.
In May this year, a young police officer seeking resignation made a video that went viral. The video caught the attention of Hillary Mutyambai, the Inspector General of Police.
In the video, she spoke about frustrations in the police force. She said that such frustrations were the cause of suicide and officers injuring their loved ones.
“I just want to resign peacefully. Attached are several letters meant for the IG but they never get to him. That is why police officers get frustrated to a point of committing suicide or killing others. That is something I cannot do,” the police officer said in her video.