Youths cheer and record video as man commits suicide in River Gucha

The man appeared to be drunk

In the video posted on social media, a youth is seen attempting to rescue the man, who looks drunk, at the bank of the largest river in Kisii, but he seems determined to take his life. The rescuer then gives up.


“He is gone, the story is done,” a voice of the person recording the video is heard saying. Earlier, the youth are heard cheering the man on before one of them went to rescue him in vain.

The video ends as the man goes far and deep into the overflowing waters of River Gucha, leaving behind his phone, shoes and coat. The youth are left emptying the coat as they walk away.


Police are dealing with the matter as a case of suicide. River Gucha cuts across Bomet, Nyamira, Migori and Homa Bay counties before it joins Lake Victoria.

“Somebody called using my husband’s phone and told me that he had drowned, and that I should visit Ogembo Police Station. We tried to inquire who took the phone to the police but never got an answer,” said a sobbing mother of six.


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