Residents of Kauma Village in Ramba, Rachuonyo East, Homa Bay County are reeling from the shock of an apparent suicide by a 70-Year-Old man.

The deceased, Samuel Onjonga, reportedly hanged himself after his second wife abandoned him. His body was found hanging from a tree on Tuesday evening.

According to Area Chief, Joseph Ndege, the deceased’s first wife died in 2012 before he remarried two years later.

“At his old age, he could not do some household chores so he decided to marry a younger woman who could help him,” said Ndege.

He noted that the man felt lonely and may have been depressed after the second woman abandoned him.

“His health worsened after she left. His neighbours said he went to bed hungry at times.”

Homa Bay police commander Marius Tum said the man worked as a livestock trader at a nearby market centre.

He said they launched investigations and that the body was taken to Rachuonyo South sub-county hospital mortuary