A prominent lawyer in Kabale has committed suicide after reportedly setting himself on fire inside his house. Christopher Nkina 64, a resident of Katojo Cell, Kijuguta ward in Northern Division, Kabale Municipality reportedly set himself on fire at about 1:00am on Monday.
Locals gather outside the home of Christopher Nkina, the lawyer who committed suicide on Monday.
Christopher Nkiina, a prominent lawyer working with Nkiina and Company Advocates in Kabale town has committed suicide by burning himself to death in his residential house.
Nkiina 64, a resident of Katojo Cell, Kijuguta ward in Northern Division, Kabale Municipality reportedly set himself on fire at about 1:00am on Monday. Nkiina was reportedly living alone in the master bedroom after chasing away his wife, Florence Nkiina, for alleged infidelity.
The deceased’s son, Andrew Nkina says his father asked him, his sister Sarah Nkina and their mother Florence Nkina to get out of the main house and sleep in the boys’ quarters.Nkiina Junior said that his father’s behavior changed when he got involved in a nasty accident in Mbarara that left him paralysed from the waist to the legs. He told URN reporter on Monday morning that before committing suicide, his father had become rude to an extent of chasing all family members from the main house and changing all locks to deny them entry into the house.
Nkiina revealed that at around 1:00am they had a loud explosion in the main house and when he came out, he found that the main house was on fire. Nkina then moved to alert neighbours to come in and help but it was already too late as the deceased had already been burnt beyond recognition.
According Andrew Nkiina, police arrived at the scene at about 5:00am but all the household property was destroyed and the locals only managed to save the two vehicles belonging to the family.
The District Police Commander, Bosco Arop confirmed the incident and said that Police is still carrying out investigations.
James Nsaba, a neighbor to the Nkiina family said that the late had on several occasions threatened to wipe out all his family alleging that they mistreat him because of his disability.
Speaking to the press shortly after visiting the scene, the Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Cox Nayakiru advised residents to always report any suspected cases of insanity in any family members before catastrophe befalls them.
Nyakairu added that according to the family members, the decease’s mental status was not ok, meaning even the family members are lucky to have survived the fire as the wife and her young daughter, Sarah Nkiina, were sleeping in an adjacent bedroom but managed to escape from the burning house.