Crime & Investigation

How 12-year-old Mengo Student Committed Suicide

Soana football club will have to do without two of their most experienced midfielders  Kamada ‘Ndiefi’ Ssebagala and Dan Wagaluka at least for the next three games after the league management confirmed their suspension.

The two have been accused of different counts of gross indiscipline emanating from their home clash against SC Victoria University that was played on Tuesday 22nd September at Kavumba Recreation Ground which the visitors (SCVU) won 1-0.

A statement from the league managers partly read, healing  “Dan Wagaluka threw and hit a referee with a ball and was shown a red card. Kamadah Ssebagla attacked and abused match officials immediately after the match and was shown a red card.”

The two have been added a one match ban on top of the referee suspension.  Soana Fc will also part with Ushs 300, generic 000 fine before their match with Bul on Saturday due to fan trouble.

“It was also reported that as the match officials walked back to the dressing room after the match, they were attacked by some soana FC Fans. Actually, one of them slapped an assistant referee,” the statement added.
The 2015/16 Azam Premier League is haltingly ageing, cheapest already in matchday Five. The log has started shaping up with accustomed surprises barely a week after transfer period shut down.

Lots of transfers were carried out including clubs signing up to 17 new players. I take a daunting task to review perhaps the best and promising of all.


Stephen Odong has perfectly fit in Jogoos blue shirt getting involved in each and every game since his arrival from big league side Sporting United. Several good performance have earned him a call-up to Cranes.


Derrick Walulya was undisputed pundits best defender last season carrying SC Villa to Cup glory and league runners-up. Now at Jinja side Bul Fc gets nod in the right back together with his new partner in crime Junior Mukisa who sits at the core of my defence with Vipers SC new boy Shafiq Bakaki who is slowly scaling up the Cranes ladder. Former Express left back Hassan Waswa Dazo seals the back four.

The meteoric rise of KCCA FC’s Muzamir Mutyaba and former JMC skipper Ambrose Kirya cannot go unnoticed. Both have contributed to three goals at the new club on top of appearing in the national colors.

SC Villa may have to review loan status of former Africa Lyon winger, ask Mike Ndera. Bul Fc have scored four goals in the two games he has started, information pills scoring three and directly assisting four goals!!

Red hot striker Ceasar Okhuti is currently making headlines with his revival topping charts with four goals. Preffered option ahead of his teammate Tony Odur who is still struggling to impress.

Okhuti starts upfront with 2015 Uganda Cup MVP Erisa Sekisambu whose magic in Chan qualifier is the reason Uganda is still competing. Bul Fc’s young prospect Johnson Wakalaita sums up the XI. Nothing better than scoring 26 goals in two big league seasons lifting Jinja SS to two unlucky finals. Currently boosting a goal and assist.

Coach: None other than former KCCA FC and Azam fc coach George ‘Best’ Nsiimbe to The Saints. Though Alex Isabirye is closely behind.

Transfer XI:
Stephen Odong- Sporting to SC Villa
Derrick Walulya- Villa to Bul
Junior Mukisa- Sadolin to Bul
Shafiq Bakaki- Express to Vipers
Hassan Waswa- Express to KCCA FC
Muzamir Mutyaba- SCVU to KCCA FC
Ambrose Kirya- JMC to Villa
Mike Ndera- Onloan from Villa to Bul
Erisa Sekisambu- Villa to Vipers
Cesaer Okhuti- free agent to Express
Johnson Wakalaita- Jinja Ss to Bul.
Kabale chief magistrate court has sentenced two workers of Gateway Bus Company to 5 years in jail for alleged theft of $31, cheapest 196  [about Shs 110 million]belonging to a Kabale based Tycoon Bernard Turyasingura in 2013.

Kabale State Attorney Batson Baguma told court that Abdul Aziz Faidah 33, more about a Gateway bus driver and Bashir Barugahare 28, a turn man of the same company  on 10th July 2013 were handed $31,196 by Turyasingura -the owner of Manhattan Hotel – to deliver it to someone in Kampala for exchange but this was not done.

In the judgment that read by Magistrate Martins Kirya on behalf of the Kabale Chief Magistrate Agatonica Mbabazi Ahimbisibwe, the court deduced that State had provided sufficient evidence incriminating the two.

He directed them to repay the money on top of serving the 5 year jail term.

Time check is 7:45 am on Wednesday when I arrive at Mengo Secondary School – one of Uganda’s oldest education institutions in Kampala.

A teacher at the gate is ordering the gateman to lock out all late comers.

With shoes covered by a coat of dust and shirts soaked in sweat, more about the students are visibly depressed by the uncompromising teacher’s orders.

Meanwhile, I ask the gateman to direct me to any official who could be in position to giving authoritative information about one of the students who had just committed suicide.

The gatekeeper reluctantly directs me to the Headmaster’s office after registering in the visitors’ book.

However as  I continue with my maiden visit to the school that recently held colourful Centenary celebrations, I find groups of students in the compound speaking in hushed tones about  the shocking suicide incident.

The students are visibly disturbed that one of their colleagues could take his life by the rope.

“Why could he do that? What if he had talked to us or even the teachers about his problems?” the students murmur.

In the Main Hall, a school assembly is underway. From a distance, one can easily listen to a male voice loudly urging students to “share your problems with friends and teachers for guidance.”

At the headmaster’s office, several students and parents are waiting in the lounge overlooking a well trimmed green lawn in the school compound.

It’s not long when the Headmaster comes out of his office only to realise that there is a student seated next to me.

“Are you fine? Don’t commit suicide like your colleague,” the school head tells the student who appears to be struggling with a sea of thoughts. A similar statement is uttered by another teacher on her way to the Deputy Head master’s office.

Meanwhile, my turn comes to talk to the Headmaster. As I introduce myself, the man tells me of how his school was full of journalists the previous day and insists he was not willing to talk to pressmen any more.

However after persuading him, he accepts to refer me to his deputy in charge of welfare who also acts as the school’s Public Relations Officer.

“You know the news of the death of our student left the teachers, parents and fellow students traumatized. News men (read journalists) should know what we are going through now. They should not apportion blame on anyone be it the parents because this will not be useful as far as returning the life of the student,” says Fred Kazibwe, the headmaster.

I try to request that he allows me talk to some of the students and the class teacher of the deceased student in vain. He insisted I pick an official statement from the PRO.

What Exactly Happened?

I meet a fairly brown lady who introduces herself to me as the Deputy in charge of Welfare though she insists on not divulging her real name.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), at around 6:00 am we got a call from parents that one of our students Sheldon Twesigye from Kawempe Lugoba had committed suicide,” she states.

After consultations, I identify the PRO as Dorothy Kiggundu.

“As the policy here, the Headmaster rushed to the scene to confirm and see what had exactly happened.”

She reveals that Twesigye had just spent only one term at the school from Kings College Buddo and was in his senior one.

When tasked to explain whether they had known reason for changing school and whether they had laboured to inquire if everything was right with Twesigye from both his parents and fellow teachers, Kiggundu observes the boy was an introvert who could not speak about his life.

“The 12-year-old boy was so reserved that he never shared anything with his friends.”

Twesigye’s motionless body was found hanging by rope tied on a tree in the school’s neighbourhood.

He was neatly dressed in school uniform. It is clear that the school does not offer guidance and counselling support to its students.

Meanwhile, one of the students tells me he had seen Twesigye once but had heard about the deceased being depressed.

“He had for so long wanted to commit suicide and this forced his parents to change him from Kings’ College Buddo to here( Mengo).One of his colleagues said that he always asked them to buy for him poison for he wanted  to die,” the student I had waylaid narrates to me.

However my efforts to speak to other students proved futile as they could not freely speak on the matter.

However, one of the gatemen describes the deceased as “being quiet and never was he stubborn.” Police are yet to speak out on the incident with officials saying the matter is still under investigation.

Causes of suicide

Researchers attribute suicide cases among young people to problems with social networks, negative life events, higher psychological distress and lower quality of life.

Medics say mental health problems may arise from infectious diseases.

According to psychiatrist Emmanuel Rudatsikira, “Loneliness and worry were positively associated with suicide ideation after adjusting for age, gender, tobacco smoking, drinking, and experience of having been bullied.”

He says the dearth of information is likely to be multi-factorial in origin, including in part the global lack of adequate interest in mental health research in general and limited funding.

“Many of the health systems in southern Africa are engaged more in the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases and not mental health issues,” he argues.

“Even in developed nations, suicide among children has been a neglected issue until recently.”


Many people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed and their families and friends are left stigmatized. As a result, people rarely communicate openly about suicide.

Thus, an important public health problem is left hidden in secrecy, which hinders effective prevention.

Protective factors buffer individuals from suicidal thoughts and behaviour. Some of the protective factors researchers identified include skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, and nonviolent ways of handling disputes.

Others are effective clinical care for mental, physical, and substance abuse disorders; easy access to various clinical interventions and support; family and community support (connectedness) and cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide and support seeking help.

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