The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has confirmed reports that two of its students were recently found dead in suspected suicide cases.
The institution, in a statement released by Chief Corporate Communications Officer Dr. Joan Mutua, acknowledged the deaths of Lenny Jessy Masiga and Irene Monica Wagichugu.
While noting that the bodies of the two students were discovered in their external hostels, JKUAT however dismissed claims that their deaths could have been caused by missing marks.
The institution said the two students’ academic records were up to par, further urging the police to speed up probe into their deaths.
“JKUAT urges the national police service to expedite investigations on the alleged suicide by JKUAT students that was reportedly triggered by claims of ‘missing marks,’” wrote Dr. Mutua.
“We wish to confirm that Lenny Jessy Masiga and Irene Monica Wagichugu Mwangi were JKUAT students pursuing Strategic Management in the School of Entrepreneurship and BSc Business Computing respectively and that their relevant academic records arc in order.”
She added: “According to police report, their bodies were found in their respective hostels outside JKUAT i.e Maya Apartment, Kenyatta Road, and Kwa Njoro Area 2. We convey our condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the deceased.”
JKUAT also sought to distance itself from a third person said to have died under similar circumstances saying she was not a student at the school.
“Further, we wish to clarify that Lucy Wambui, who is also said to have died by suicide in Kiambu County, is not a student of JKUAT,” added Dr. Mutua.
“JKUAT is committed to the wellbeing of its students. This extends to providing comprehensive mental health services through in-house university counselors and organizing students’ initiatives within and without the university.”