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Village Women Council Chairperson Kills Herself after Failing to Pay Loan

The late Babirye borrowed money from the Mpolya-Bigele village saving group, where she was meant to clear the loan in six months but failed.


Fifty-two-year-old Gertrude Babirye, the village women council chairperson of Mpolya-Bigele village in Kiwanyi sub-county of Namutumba district, has hung herself after weeks of being tasked to pay a loan of 230,000 Shillings.

Babirye used a rope to hang herself on a mango tree within her garden on Monday morning.

Babirye's five-year-old grandchild whose identities have been withheld says that his grandmother left the house at about 5:00am. 

"Grandmother left very early and told me to meet her in the garden, but I alerted residents after seeing her hanging on a mango tree," he says.

It is reported that Babirye borrowed money from Mpolya-Bigele village saving group, where she was meant to clear the loan in six months but failed.

Rachel Namusoko, a resident within the area says that the loan committee members intensified demand for their money, but Babirye had failed to raise it, prompting her to hide in the garden whenever she noticed them approaching her house.

The Kiwanyi L.C.3 chairperson, Patrick Nabongo says that dozens of people have fled from several villages over mismanagement of village loans, but he implored all troubled residents to seek counseling from religious leaders and trusted friends on how to manage stressing circumstances, rather than opting for life-threatening steps like committing suicide. 

Busoga East's regional police spokesperson, Diana Nandawula confirms the incident, adding that scenes of crime officers have been dispatched to inspect the place and an autopsy procedure shall be conducted in the due course.

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