UGANDA: Shock as student commits suicide on Day one of schools re-opening

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Police at Kira Division in Wakiso District are investigating a suspected suicide by hanging of a student who was allegedly protesting going back to the school he was studying from before closure of schools two years ago.

It is alleged that Emmanuel Okello, 18 years, a former student of Makerere College School committed suicide yesterday protesting his parent’s decision to take him to his former school as schools nationwide re-opened for studies.

It has also been confirmed that Okello is a son of Moses Opio, a resident of Parliament village- Kitukutwe, Kiwologoma, Kira Municipality, Wakiso District.

According to a statement from police, while his siblings had been taken to school, Okello locked his father inside the house and committed suicide in the compound.

The statement adds; Okello’s father alleges that the deceased had informed them that he was no longer interested in going back to his former school, Makerere College.

According to the Deputy Spokesperson Metropolitan Kampala, Luke Owoyesigyire, the father even got him a position at St Kizito SS Namugongo, but he wasn’t happy about the choice. The father suspects it could be the cause if the suicide.

The body of the deceased has been taken to the morgue for a post mortem, Owoyesigyire said.

Owoyesigyire urged parents to report to the police or seek professional help whenever they detect signs of depression manifesting in their children.

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