The Catholic Church fraternity in Makueni County has been thrown into mourning following the death of a local priest in suspected suicide.
According to Makueni County Police Commander Joseph Ole Napeiyan, Fr Stephen Kyalo Nzyoki, who served at Kako Catholic Church, died on Sunday at a lodging in Kilala township.
Police recovered a bottle of an insecticide next to his body, Mr Napeiyan said in a statement that detailed the cleric's last moments.
"He bought one bottle of wine and proceeded to his room. Around 1900 hrs, attendants at the hotel became suspicious since the client never came out of the room and that's when they knocked at the door but didn’t receive any response," Mr Napeiyan said
The attendants raised the alarm and alerted the police who broke the door and found the priest's lifeless body on the bed.
"The body had no physical injuries. The police officers recovered one bottle of red label, one bottle of Sulban 48EC, two empty glasses, room keys, one smartphone and a face mask at the scene," Mr Napeiyan said.
The body was taken to Makueni County Referral Hospital mortuary.