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Mbuti Lekapua: Former GSU Officer Who Battled Depression After Deaths of Relatives Begs to Return to Service

Mbuti Lekapua
Mbuti Lekapua went missing from the GSU after the sudden deaths of four close family members in 2005. Photo: Citizen TV.

Mbuti Lekapua, a former General Service Unit (GSU) officer is hoping to return to the National Police Service (NPS) after having battled depression for 19 years.

Lekapua went missing from the GSU after the sudden deaths of four close family members in 2005.

According to Citizen Digital, the mental toll of the deaths was too much to bear for Lekapua.

He joined the service in 1990 and served for ten years before transitioning to the police service in 2003.

In 2005 he lost three relatives and later his wife died.

“In 2005, my father died, my mother died, my brother died, and I came to bury them. Then my wife died while I was burying the others. The stress became overwhelming, and I couldn’t return to work. No one from the government has followed up with me, and I haven’t committed any wrongdoing,” Lekapua said.

Family and friends said depression has taken a toll on Lekapua and pleaded with the government to help him.

“He avoids groups of people and stays by himself, so I would ask the government to take him back and first provide him with counseling due to the severe depression he has suffered from being shot and losing all his parents and his wife. The government should help him get back to work.” a friend is quoted.

His brother also added that Lekapua has looked withdrawn and confused since the deaths and spends his time chewing tobacco with his livestock that he depended on all gone now.

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His story is one that best exemplifies the virtues of education.

When he joined the National Police Service and began training at Kiganjo in 2004, he didn’t sit pretty.

Instead, he took up opportunities to enrich his knowledge by pursuing academics amidst his busy schedule.