It's reported that members of Pabwoc clan, over the weekend raised shillings 300,000 to buy casket for a decent burial of their deceased son, David Kibwota 46 who committed suicide on Friday night.
A family in Tumangu Ward, Labongo Akwang Sub County in Kitgum
District were on Sunday forced to bury their son without a casket after a man
they entrusted with money to buy one disappeared.
It's reported that members of Pabwoc clan, over the weekend raised 300,000 Shillings
to buy a casket for a decent burial of their deceased son, David Kibwota 46 who
committed suicide on Friday night.
Kibwota reportedly hanged himself on unclear grounds shortly after disappearing
from his home on Friday evening. The deceased had reportedly been suffering
from an ailment that hadn't responded to conventional medicine since 2007, and
a day before his demise, his clan members had sought the services of a
traditional healer to treat him from home.
According to sources, hours after Kibwota's body was found, family members
embarked on burial arrangements and entrusted Francis Oyoo, a cousin brother to
the deceased with 300,000 Shillings to purchase a casket in Kitgum
Municipality. Kibwota's burial was scheduled for 2 pm Sunday.
Richard Ocitti, the Bongolaku village LCI Chairperson however says
that Oyoo who had been sent to purchase the casket early in the morning never
Ocitti says, hours after waiting for his return with the casket in
vain, the distraught family members were left with no option but to bury
the deceased body minus a casket at about 4 pm.
He notes that Oyoo's known mobile phone number also went off adding that all
efforts to trace his whereabouts and a motorcycle he hired from the village
"It was an emotional moment in the village, the first of its
kind where someone is sent to purchase a coffin and does not return. We don't
know what happened," says Ocitti.
He also notes that before leaving for Kitgum Municipality to
purchase the casket, Oyoo reportedly picked a rope the deceased used for
hanging himself, something that raises suspicion he could be headed for a witchcraft
"Since the suspect is a fisherman who once spent a long time
fishing across the country, there are rumours that such ropes used by people to
commit suicide fetch hefty prices in the fishing communities. We highly suspect
he might have done this to get money," He said.
Ocitti however says the police at Labongo Akwang Sub-county Police post have
already been alerted and a manhunt for the suspect is already underway.
Bureau Chief, West Acholi