A man is now recovering at the Coast General Hospital after it is claimed that he set himself on fire in the Mombasa County neighborhood of Mwembe Tayari.
The unidentified man was seen setting himself on fire while perched on a concrete block in broad daylight as others watched in an undated video that circulated across social media platforms on Thursday.
He was observed pouring an alleged combustible material on himself before lighting it, which started the flames.
Some of the witnesses screamed and shouted, while others just stared in horror as the man faltered and fell to the ground.
People gathered around to see what was going on and another person was spotted running over to him.
According to recent reports, the man is currently receiving medical care for his wounds.
Following the occurrence, a lot of explanations have been proposed online by Kenyans in an effort to shed light on the man's reasons.
Many claim that the man was an engineering student who set himself on fire in protest of the severe economic hardships that millions of Kenyans were experiencing.
However, the police have not yet commented on the incident.