Lanet Barracks photo

Police officers join the investigations into how a senior military officer purportedly committed suicide in his house in Lanet, Nakuru County.

The officer of the rank of Major attached to 81 Tank Battalion at the Lanet Barracks was found dead in his toilet after he had slit his throat with a kitchen knife while in full uniform.

His body in full uniform was found in a pool of blood long after the incident had happened on Wednesday evening.

The military police called the local civilian police. The Military Police informed local civilian Police officers that an officer was dead on Wednesday evening.

Investigations are underway to establish the motive behind his death.

Cases of suicide in the service are rampant and in an alarming rate calling for attention from authorities.

Stress and depression alleged to be the cause of most deaths. The people in uniform have been affected most because of the nature of their work.

For the military, they have rehabilitation programmes in all bases to address some of the issues related to mental status.

Officials said they had constructed a wellness centre to take care of more than Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The centre is at Lang’ata barracks in Nairobi.

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