Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, says preliminary findings show that Akello sneaked out of her house following the altercation with her husband and her body was found hanging on a tree branch with the sheet of her baby tied around her neck.
ASP Jimmy Patrick Okema, the Aswa River Region Police Spokesman speaking to URN - Photo by Dominic Ochola
A 22-year-old mother in
Nwoya District has committed suicide following a domestic brawl with her
husband. Pamela Akello hanged herself on Monday evening at her
marital home in Agonga B village in Kochgoma Sub-County.
It is alleged that Akello clashed with her husband
Gallingtone Akutta, who she suspected on being involved in promiscuous
relationship with another woman.
Patrick Jimmy Okema, the Aswa River Region
Police Spokesperson, says preliminary findings show that Akello sneaked out of
her house following the altercation with her husband and her body was found
hanging on a tree branch with the sheet of her baby tied around her neck.
He says the body was discovered
by Patrick Otim, a passerby who reported the matter to Lapem Police Outpost
vide SD. Ref: 04/03/08/2020. Okema says the deceased’s husband has since been
arrested to aid police investigations.
This is the third incident in less than
a month in Aswa Region where a spouse is committing
suicide over allegations of infidelity by their partners. The last incident
involved a 56-year-old woman in Pader District and a 26-year-old man in Agago.
The of Acholi Paramount Chief Rwot, David Onen Acana II has
also expressed concern over suicide deaths among his subjects describing it as
a serious public health problem in the post-conflict community compounded by
poverty, domestic violence and mental illness.
According to Rwot Acana, the Chiefdom has written to
President Yoweri Museveni seeking his backing for a comprehensive
multi-sectoral suicide prevention strategy to avert the vice, which has claimed
more than 40 people in the region since December 2019.
Available statistics from The World Health Organization- WHO
indicates that at least 800,000 people around the globe die of suicide. It was
the second leading cause of deaths among 15-29 year-olds in developing
countries globally including Uganda in 2016.