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65-Year-Old Teacher Commits Suicide over Sh200,000 Debt :: Uganda Radionetwork
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65-Year-Old Teacher Commits Suicide over Sh200,000 Debt

Grace Musoke, the Oyam District Police Commander says police has already given a go ahead to the deceased’s family to go ahead with the burial arrangement. Musoke asked the public to seek for counselling when stressed up to avoid premature deaths.

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A teacher has committed suicide in Oyam District, allegedly over debt. The deceased has been identified as Aldo Ocen, 65, a teacher at Ayomjeri Primary School in Aber Sub County, Oyam district.

Ocen, a resident of Akudi-Igida village, Adel Parish in Minakulu Sub County consumed poison at his home in Akudi-igida village on Wednesday.  Josephine Odongo, a resident of Akudi-igida Village says that the deceased, a father of seven had not received his salary since June, 2020.

It is alleged that Ocen, now deceased, fought a neighbor, Abdullah Ojok, two months ago leaving him with compound fracture. However, Ocen's attempt to reach reconciliation with Ojok hit a snag after failing to raise 200,000 shillings to pay Ojok's medical bills.

Sam Otim, a Boda boda rider, also a neighbor says the deceased who had entered into an agreement to pay Ojok’s medical bill before the local authorities, could not raise money since he had an accumulated debts for the local saving groups and for other members in the community.

He adds that Ocen consumed a tin of insecticides used for spraying cotton, and died on his way being taken to St. John's Paul hospital in Oyam district where he was being rushed for medical treatment.

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“He agreed to meet the medical bill but later failed to raise the required 200,000 shillings, the teacher owed many people debts amounting to over 3 million shillings; most of his households properties were taken away by creditors, and we just learnt that he opted to cut his life short” he said in a telephone interview.

Robert Odongo, the LCI Chairperson of Akudi-igida village, confirmed the incident, saying the matter has been reported to police.

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“He consumed poison and died on his way to the hospital, the loan sharks were ever on his neck over defaulting on payments, and one time they came up to his home threatening to attach his household property,” said the chairperson.

Grace Musoke, the Oyam District Police Commander says police has already given a go ahead to the deceased’s family to go ahead with the burial arrangement. Musoke asked the public to always seek for counselling when stressed up to mitigate premature deaths.

Data from World Health Organization indicates that globally close to 800,000 deaths resulting from suicide are recorded which translates into one death every 40 second.

Public Health Experts say that early intervention is the best preventive measure against suicide, they say if someone has excessive sadness, or someone has been running a big business and bank loans have overtaken him or her and is struggling to pay back, people should provide support and counseling.

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