“Why I attempted to commit suicide” Student leader speaks from hospital

Edgar Agonya

Edgar Agonya (Photo/file)

A day after he attempted to commit suicide, Edgar Agonya the chair of University of Edoret student organization has spoken to Kenyayote and revealed about the life challenges that drove him to take such action.

After being elected as the student organization chair, Edgar took on the road to fight injustice in the institution. He stood up to defend student’s right which put him in a collision with the management. He was later suspended from the University for no Clear Reasons.

He therefore resorted to find a way to be allowed to continue with his studies. He visited The Human Rights Commission, County Education ministry and The Office of the Ombudsman for help which did not bear any fruits.  All avenues of seeking justice were exhausted. He therefore resorted to commit suicide.  And before attempting to commit suicide he drafted a suicide note that has been circulating on social media which reflects what he was going through (read it here).

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Edgar Agonya was however rescued and taken to hospital. He will be discharged tomorrow (October 6th 2016).

University of Eldoret has in several occasions been accused of suspending student leaders who attempt to criticize the management against student injustice.

Leaders, who a good number are former student leaders strongly condemned the University’s administration who almost costed a life of young and upcoming leader. “I clearly understand what The Chairman may have gone through to lead him to that path.  The pressure that comes with fighting for justice as a student leader is immense and can lead to adverse decisions. I however wish Edgar quick recovery and strength through this tough moment. The University should allow him resume his studies with an immediate effect” Said Kipsaro Boit who is also a former Chairman of MOI University Students Organisation

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