University student hangs himself amid reported spike in suicide cases

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Rukiga District Police are investigating a case in which a freshman student at Kabale University allegedly hanged herself as the country continues to record an increase in reported suicide cases.
Kigezi Region Police Spokesperson, Mr. Elly Maate, identified the deceased as 22-year-old Bibiana Nasasira, who was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration.

“It is alleged that on Monday, Bibiana went to visit her sister who resides in Rweza Cell, Kitojo Parish, Rukiga District, intending to stay with her as she was about to start her internship. at the district local government headquarters,” Maate said. .
“On Tuesday evening, the sister noticed that she [Nasasira] was agitated and when asked what the problem was, she said nothing. On Wednesday morning around 5 a.m. she was found hanging from a tree behind the sister’s house with a piece of cloth,” he added.

Police led by Homicide Squad Leader D/AIP Nelson Turyamutangirira attended the scene before the body was released to next of kin for burial. A case of suicide by hanging was registered at Rukiga District Police Station under CRB 280/2022.
“It is very unfortunate and unjustified to end his life even perhaps, when it could have been handled by the competent authorities,” Mr Maate said.
Kabale University Public Relations Officer, Mr. Godfrey Sempungu said they were saddened by the bad news regarding the death of their student.

“She was progressing well in her studies. We express our condolences to the family,” Mr. Sempungu said.
In a brief statement to the police, Bibiana’s father, Mr Kalist Sigirenda, 54, reportedly said he had lost several relatives to suicide.
“Sometimes I wonder if it’s a family curse,” he says.

Several suicide cases have been reported across the country this month, with victims aged between nine and 52.

On June 26, 2022, a law enforcement officer attached to the Bugerere Taxi Drivers Cooperative Society reportedly jumped into the Ssezibwa River in what relatives and eyewitnesses described as a suicide attempt.

The body of Fred Ssebunya, 49, was recovered from the water later that evening after a frantic search, police said.
Three days before Ssebunya’s death, residents of Makindye Zone of Kangulumira Municipal Council, Kayunga District were reeling on June 21 after a third-grade student hanged herself for fear of being punished.
The nine-year-old victim allegedly slipped into a neighbour’s house and picked up charcoal without his permission to cook breakfast. She had stayed home after her school closed as art teachers are currently on strike for a pay rise.

After threatening to report the matter to her mother, the young girl felt surprised and started moaning, begging for forgiveness. She was later found hanging by the rope.
On June 17, Mbarara district police said they were investigating the circumstances in which a prison guard killed his girlfriend, before committing suicide in a love gone wrong.
Aloysius Chemutai, 27, a prison guard attached to Kakiika Prison in Mbarara, allegedly shot and killed Magdalena Adong, 24, a guard attached to Luzira Prison Academy and Training School before returning the weapon against himself.
On June 13, detectives from Kireka Police, Kira Township, Wakiso District, said they were investigating a case in which a 48-year-old resident of the same area allegedly attempted suicide.

Dan Mubiru was rushed to Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala bleeding profusely after allegedly cutting his neck around 11am at Kireka Main Market.
On June 1, 2022, Lyantonde District Police said they were investigating two separate incidents in which two people, including an LCI president, committed suicide.
Police identified the deceased as Julius Mutabaazi, 52, who was Lwakasolola Village LCI Chairman, and Antonio Lwanga Matovu, a resident of Biwolobo Village, Lyantonde Town Council in Lyantonde District.

According to residents, Mutabaazi was found hanging from an electric cable on the morning of June 1, while Antonio Lwanga Matovu, a resident of Biwolobo village, Lyantonde municipal council, allegedly poisoned himself the evening before.
Lwanga was a businessman who sold fish at Lyantonde market.
Six days after their deaths, Kiira area police also said they were investigating the circumstances under which a 17-year-old student from Wanyange Girls’ Secondary School in Kakira Town Council, Jinja District , is dead.
Joséphine Namuli committed suicide in her dormitory on June 7 at around 7 a.m. using a rope tied to her bed.

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