A 57-year-old man from Kyemole in Makueni Sub-county died in an apparent suicide over what is believed to be his wife’s debts.

A police report indicates that the man, Musyoka Katiku, ingested poison and drowned himself in a pond on his farm on Thursday at around 6.30 pm.

Makueni Sub-county Police Commander, Timothy Maina, said that the man also torched his house and all his belongings.

“It is alleged that the wife to the deceased defaulted on a loan she took from a local bank, forcing the man to sell a section of his land to settle it,” said Maina.

The police boss added that the wife took another loan but failed to settle it, with the deceased unwilling to sell his land again to offset the balance.

Maina said the wife then ran away from the matrimonial home three months ago over the issue and efforts to reconcile the two have been futile.

It is said the deceased had tried to resolve the issue on the material day with the area Assistant Chief but the wife failed to turn-up for the meeting.

Police could not immediately establish the amount of money the deceased’s wife owed the bank.

The father of five reportedly threw himself into pond in-front of his 9-year-old granddaughter. The Kenya Red Cross, in collaboration with the police, retrieved the deceased’s body on Wednesday.

The remains were taken to the Makueni Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation awaiting post-mortem.