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Three commit suicide in Kole swamp in one month

By Hudson Apunyo

Added 20th September 2017 08:44 AM

Moses Ongare, 38, a resident of Wigweng B, western ward, went missing from his home on Thursday evening.

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A group of divers coming after recovering the body of the woman who died by suicide in Okole swamp on September 10

The body of a middle-aged man suspected to have committed suicide has been retrieved from Okole swamp in Kole district, four days after he went missing. 

Moses Ongare, 38, a resident of Wigweng B, western ward, went missing from his home on Thursday evening. 

His brother, Morris Okullo, said Ongare’s shirt was recovered at bridge Okole making them to believe that he could have drowned in the river. 

A search was made and the body was recovered on Monday morning.

Okullo told reporters that he believes his brother could have died by suicide under the influence of alcohol.

This is the second death on the same spot in less than a week and the third in a month. Molly Apio Ocwic, 36, a mother of five and a resident of Cuk-Ebangi, Adyel division in Lira municipality on September 10, jumped into the river and died following a domestic dispute

A 65-year-old Bernard Jasper Opio, a resident of Awilo village, Iceme sub-county in Oyam district also took his life in August due to domestic misunderstanding.

Kole resident district commissioner, Agnes Akello Ebong, said people need to manage their problems better. “The community is awash with problems, but there are better ways of managing them,” she said.

The regional Police commander, John Peter Ematu, said the situation is baffling. “How can one come from church and end up taking her own life?’ he wondered, referring to the woman who died on September 10. 

“People should learn to speak out, than ending their lives carelessly,’ he said on phone. 

 

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