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Kole Man Commits Suicide after Being Caned For Excessive Alcohol Consumption

According to Ebonga, after being punished by the clan leaders, the deceased reportedly kept telling his friends that he may end up taking his life because of persistent harassment by his step-mother. The deceased’s father, Vincent Oder separated with his mother some years back.

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A 21-year-old man in Kole district has committed suicide by hanging after being caned by his clan leaders for excessive alcohol consumption and smoking marijuana. 

Kenneth Ocen, a resident of Obeny Village in Alemi parish in Ayer Sub County was found hanging on a rope on around 3:00 pm on Friday inside an incomplete building near their homestead.

Tom Ebonga, the Obeny Village LC I Chairperson, says the incident comes a few days after Ocen and his brother, Musa Ogwang were caned by members of Atek-Opao-Yat clan following complaints by their parents that they had joined bad groups are were involved in excessive alcohol consumption and marijuana smoking.

According to Ebonga, after being punished by the clan leaders, the deceased reportedly kept telling his friends that he may end up taking his life because of persistent harassment by his step-mother. The deceased’s father, Vincent Oder separated with his mother some years back.


Ebonga condemned the incident and appealed to young people to control their emotions and seek help from leaders.  

Luo Audio:

//Cue in: “Wegi gi otero  …

Cue out… pe ye amaro.”//.  

David Otabong, the Kole District Police Commander, says the deceased’s body was handed to his relatives for burial since no much investigation is required into such incidents.

Eng Audio:


//Cue in: “Suicide is not …  

Cue out… over attempted suicide,”//



Data from the World Health Organization indicates that globally close to 800,000 deaths resulting from suicide are recorded each day. Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally among young people aged between 15 and 29 with 79% of the cases coming from low and middle-income countries including Uganda.

George Akaca, a Public Health specialist attached to Kwania District Health Department, says there are many more cases of young people between 15 and 24 committing suicide because of changes in their lives, disappointments such as heartbreaks and frustration of failure to get employment among others.

Akaca says early intervention through counselling is the best preventive measure against suicide.  He says there is need for people around those with suicidal tendencies to take their threats seriously.  She says such people need to be helped to get mental health assessment.

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