A 21-year-old man on Tuesday killed himself using a chainsaw in the Kasarani area, Nairobi.
The deceased tried to chop off his neck using the machine after he had picked it from a workshop run by his father before going with it to their house where he committed suicide.
The motive of the incident is yet to be established. The body of the man was picked up and taken to the mortuary.
Police said they were called to the scene and picked up the body to the mortuary.
Detectives in the city say they have noticed a spike in suicide cases, which are reported to them.
“We receive such incidents almost on a daily basis. Some have motives such as quarrelling in houses and it is worrying,” said a police officer involved in investigating such incidents.
A report by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations said at least 500 people committed suicide in separate incidents in three months (March-June) of 2021 in the country.
The data released by the DCI indicated that men were more prone to committing suicide than women.
Experts say more women are likely to try to kill themselves but male suicide methods are often more violent, making them more likely to be completed before an intervention.
Men are also conditioned by society not to speak out or even cry, but with increased awareness, health experts say the trend can be reversed.