Headteacher Recounts Sankok's Message Before Son's Death

  • Nominated MP David ole Sankok addresses a gathering in 2019
    Nominated MP David ole Sankok addresses a gathering in 2019
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  • As investigations into the death of Nominated MP David Sankok's son commenced, his high school principal weighed in on the matter, recalling a conversation he had with the 15-year-old’s father. 

    The boy, reportedly died by suicide on Monday, May 2 after an altercation with the lawmaker. 

    Kericho High School principal, Daniel Chelule, stated that Sankok called him a week ago after the school reopened, requesting his son to be allowed to report later than the others. 

    Sankok was said to have contacted the school on Wednesday, April 27, and informed the institution that his son would not resume studies on the reopening date.

    Nominated MP David Ole Sankok weeps as he mourns his son's death at his home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (1).jpg (3
    Nominated MP David Ole Sankok weeps as he mourns his son's death at his home on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.
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    "After he (Sankok’s son) failed to report to the school on Tuesday last week, his father called the next day to inform us his son wasn't keen on reporting back to the school.

    "The MP requested 7 days to resolve the matter,” Chelule detailed but did not divulge whether Sankok spoke on the complication or his dispute resolution mechanism. 

    The headteacher joined politicians, family and friends in mourning the teenager adding that his death was regrettable. 

    Sankok, his family and employees at his home were questioned by detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) over his fourth-born son’s demise. 

    Narok County DCI boss Mwenda Ethaiba detailed that the boy reportedly shot himself with his father’s shotgun after he was ordered to report to school. 

    The two were said to have differed over going back to school after having discussed the issue in private. 

    The deceased was quoted as having complained about resuming studies, arguing that he was tired. The MP and his daughter then left the farm to run errands at his hotel, approximately 100 meters away.

    The boy was later found lying in a pool of blood, with the firearm next to his body, before police rushed to secure the scene. 

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    Jubilee Nominated MP David ole Sankok and his wife, Hellen Seyianoi Sankok pose for a photo in 2019
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    "We bought some ice cream from a vendor on our way back. When I got home, I gave one to my small sister and the other to my small brother, whom I asked to call Memusi.

    "However, he came back from the room and asked me to follow him and see for myself. When I got there and saw him, I rushed to look for my mum," the sister, identified as Rosemary, recalled. 

    Counsellors, medics, and psychologists advise that you can always reach out for help when experiencing any mental health issues. Call Kenya Red Cross toll-free hotline, 1199 for support.

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