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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.
04 Aug 2020 17:22
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.