Police in Budaka District are probing the tragic death of Kolovina Naisiga, a 20-year-old senior six student at Budini Secondary School in Kaliro District. Naisiga was discovered dead by hanging in her room at her family’s residence in Bukomolo village, Kadatuni Parish, Katira Sub-County, Budaka district, around 9 pm on Sunday.
The acting Bukedi North regional police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police Samuel Semewo, stated that detectives are working to determine the circumstances leading to Naisiga’s apparent suicide. Preliminary investigations revealed that she was pregnant at the time of her death.
According to reports, Naisiga’s mother sent her younger brother to call her for supper, but he found her hanging from a rope in her room. Her mother raised the alarm, attracting neighbors, and the police were notified by Mr. Tom Bulabale, the deceased’s father.
Authorities promptly arrived at the scene, documented the incident, collected statements, and transported Naisiga’s body to the Mbale City Mortuary for postmortem examination.
While Naisiga was described as a bright and disciplined student by a teacher, the news of her death shocked the school community. Concerns over mental health and the need for counseling sessions for students were raised by retired health worker Ms. Mary Gimono and mental health advocate Ms. Stella Acham.
Retired Psychiatrist Mr. Simon Peter Owori highlighted that mental disorders, particularly depression, are often underlying factors in suicide cases. He emphasized the importance of open communication and seeking professional help to address mental health challenges.