Kyambogo Graduate Brian Wetaka commits suicide (1)
Brian Wetaka, who graduated in 2019 from Kyambogo University and resides in Ntinda, is under investigation for suicide. FILE PHOTO

Brian Wetaka, a 2019 graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering program at Kyambogo University, of Ntinda, is being investigated for suicide in Kyambogo.

The police at Kyambogo are investigating a suspected suicide by Brian Wetaka, a former student of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Kyambogo University who graduated in 2019, and a resident of Ntinda. 

In a statement dated March 05, Luke Owoyesigyire said the incident happened on Friday at Kyambogo University at the Engineering Building at about 8am.  

He said the area police was alerted upon which they found the body of the deceased lying down dead. Owoyesigyire however, noted that they recovered a suspected suicide note.

“The police were informed about the incident by a private security guard, who guards the building, and officers responded. At the scene, the body was removed and taken to the city mortuary at Mulago for a post mortem. Our scene of crime investigators were also able to recover a suspected suicide note with wordings “I have decided to end my life because of stress,” he added. 

“It has been exhibited and our experts are analysing it. Currently , the exact cause of the suicide is not known. Investigations are still ongoing. Details will be availed to you as soon as possible we get more information,” he added.

This is one of the many suicide cases that have been reported in recent years in the country. On 30th September 2019, Ashraf Nsubuga, a fourth year government student at Makerere University committed suicide inside his room at White House, an extension of Nsibirwa Hall at the University.

Nsubuga, 22, who was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiology at the College of Health Sciences was found hanging dead on a rope. 

Information from some of his colleagues and hall mates showed that the deceased was involved in online network marketing, where he lost close to Shs18 million to a Ponzi scheme.

The roommate who first saw the lifeless body tied on a rope upon his return from Church where he had gone for prayers indicated that there was nothing peculiar from his usual silent and introvert kind of life.

This is not spared. In 2018, Devana Gireesh, a 23-year-old Indian national was also reported to have hanged himself dead in a hotel room in Mubende Town after he lost close to Shs50m in betting.

Other suicide cases reported in recent years include that of a one Deus Kabisire, 25, who jumped off the last floor of the Mabirizi complex in Kampala and crashed to death in 2014. 

In 2016, another man identified as Mustafa Kalule also fell from the same building in what seemed to be a suicide attempt but luckily enough he landed on top of a vehicle which was parked there, injuring his head. 

Despite all the sensitization that has been done to curb down on these too many suicide cases, the vice still remains one of the biggest issues both in the country and the entire world. 

2019 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that at least one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, nearly close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many others who attempt suicide.

Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016. It does not just occur in high-income countries, but it is also a global phenomenon in all regions of the world. 

In fact, over 79% of global suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2016 according to the WHO.