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First class graduate commits suicide due to unemployment in kenya

Michael Kibet, a promising ICT and Telecommunication graduate, took his own life after prolonged job search.
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A bright and accomplished young graduate, Michael Kibet, 26, from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, tragically ended his life due to the overwhelming frustration of unemployment. The incident occurred at his brother’s residence, where Kibet had been desperately seeking employment opportunities after completing his studies in 2021. The untimely death has left his family and the entire Chepsangor community devastated.

According to reliable sources, Kibet, who earned a First Class degree in ICT and Telecommunication, had been actively searching for employment without success. The increasing struggle to secure a job took a toll on his mental health, leading him to make the heart-wrenching decision to end his life.

David Rugut, the Area Chief, expressed his condolences and confirmed the devastating incident. He stated that Kibet hanged himself outside his brother’s house, leaving behind a shattered family and a community mourning the loss of a talented and dependable professional.

The news of Kibet’s suicide has sparked discussions about the prevailing issue of unemployment among highly skilled graduates in Kenya. This tragic event highlights the challenges faced by numerous young professionals who struggle to find suitable employment opportunities despite their impressive qualifications.

Kibet’s academic achievements and potential were well-known within his community, making his death all the more devastating. Friends, family, and acquaintances remember him as a dedicated and ambitious individual who had a promising future ahead of him. The incident serves as a grim reminder of the urgent need to address the issue of unemployment and provide support to young graduates in their quest for fulfilling careers.

In the wake of this unfortunate event, local authorities, academic institutions, and community leaders are being urged to collaborate and implement initiatives that can help bridge the gap between education and employment. This includes fostering stronger connections between universities and industries, promoting entrepreneurship, and creating a conducive environment for job creation.

The loss of Michael Kibet underscores the importance of addressing the underlying causes of unemployment and ensuring that young talents like him are provided with opportunities to contribute their skills to the development of the nation. It serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need for systemic changes that can alleviate the burden of unemployment and provide hope for the future.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm or suicide, please reach out to a helpline or mental health professional immediately. Remember, there is help available, and you are not alone.

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