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Man Commits Suicide After Wrongly Suspecting Wife of Cheating

Paimol Sub-county Chairperson George William Komakech says that the deceased picked a fight with his wife on Wednesday after allegedly spending several minutes communicating to a person he suspected was a new lover.
A-26-year-old man in Agago district ended his life after mistakenly suspecting his wife for having an extramarital affair. The man, identified as Raphael Okidi, a resident of Arii Wii west village in Mutto parish, Paimol sub-county reportedly hanged himself in his house on Thursday.

Paimol Sub-county Chairperson George William Komakech says that the deceased picked a fight with his wife on Wednesday after allegedly spending several minutes communicating to a person he suspected was a new lover.

Komakech says that Okidi, out of anger and despair, chased away his wife and the children after returning from a drinking joint. But according to the wife, the phonecall had been made by a person who was in need of names of members from her village Saving group and had nothing to do with an intimate or sexual relationship with another person.

Okidi was found dead on a noose the following day. The police teams from Paimol Police Post have visited the scene and retrieved the body for postmortem test.

This is the second person to take away his own life from Paimol sub-county within a period of a month resulting from a domestic brawl and heavy alcohol consumption.

Paul Nyeko, a Social and Community Mental Health Peer Support Coordinator at Mental Health Uganda-Gulu says rising cases of suicide could be a result of hard times individuals are undergoing during the COVID-19 lockdown. He says the situation has been compounded by lack of accessibility to health services and peer support for people with suicidal tendencies.

At least 10 people have committed suicide in Acholi sub-region since the government instituted lockdowns as one of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to reports from Police in Aswa River Regi.