British detectives have begun an investigation into the death of Kenyan born British Army major and former United Nations consultant, Cyrus Karumba, after he was found hanged in a bathroom of the house he shared with his wife on the site of an Army Defence Academy.
“It is with great sadness and regret that I inform you that Major Cyrus Karumba, Royal Corps of Signals sadly passed away on Tuesday 6th December 2016.
“No further details are known at this stage, nor indeed are any funeral details which depending on family wishes, may or may not be promulgated.
“This HQ continues to support the Chain of Command at this difficult time.”
– Corps Colonel, Royal Signals via Facebook
A coroner has opened an inquest into his death after his wife, Suchada Karumba who was also originally from Kenya, found his body at their home in Watchfield, Oxfordshire, on December 7.
Before adjourning the inquest at Oxford Coroner’s Court, Assistant Coroner for Oxfordshire Nicholas Gardiner confirmed the major’s name, age, address and cause of death registered following a post-mortem examination.
“We can confirm that a service person died in the Defence Academy in Shrivenham on Tuesday December 6.
“Thames Valley Police is investigating and an inquest into the death will take place in due course.
“Aside from expressing our condolences to his family and friends, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.” – Army spokesperson
The respected 36-year-old major, joined the British Army in 2003 and had served in Afghanistan, Kenya and Germany. At the time of his death, he was also leading a professional development course for Army officers at the academy.
Before becoming an Army officer, Mr Karumba worked as the Army’s Telecommunications and ICT Director in Kenya, leading all British Army military communications systems and ICT delivery/management in Kenya for over 10,000 personnel annually. In addition, he managed communication equipment worth over £12 million and was also a web consultant for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
He had trained as an officer at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, Berkshire, and had also served in the Falkland Islands during which he appeared in the BBC Documentary An Island Parish.
Friends have been posting messages of condolence on social media.
One colleague writing on the soldier’s LinkedIn page said: ‘Officer Cyrus is effortlessly ahead of the pack in physical tests and core military knowledge. A man of integrity who I trust implicitly.’
A funeral service for friends and family was held on 14 December in the UK and at the request of his family, Mr Karumba’s body has subsequently been repatriated and laid to rest in Kenya.