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Kamuli primary teacher commits suicide over COVID debts

A primary teacher in Kamuli district has taken his own life allegedly due to accumulated debts. Jimmy Buyonga, 32, a teacher at Kasambira Preparatory primary school in Bugulumbya sub-county in eastern Uganda hanged himself at the school premises.  

Rose Namukose, a resident of Bukapere village, where the school is located, says that the school has not paid its teachers since the closure of schools in March 2020.

Schools across the country have remained closed to contain the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19, a disease which spreads from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

Saddam Byakika, another resident testifies that Buyonga had acquired loans from numerous money lenders in anticipation that schools would reopen soon. He explains that it came as no surprise to many of his neighbours when Buyonga’s body was found in the morning dangling from the P.7 classroom.

“Unfortunately, the loan sharks were ever on his neck over defaulting on payments. One time they came up to his home threatening to attach his household property,” he narrates.

Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North police spokesperson says that the body has been taken to Kamuli General hospital for post-mortem.


0 #1 Mbeho Achuc 2020-08-28 12:40
Where is the Disaster Minister? Does that ministry exist, or it should be closed?? It's foolishness to have an office that does not work!!

The private school teachers have been hit hardest, and no one cares except the president who gave them a loan to their Sacco!!!for them to borrow...

In the food relief program, these teachers were not thought of in the food distribution!

Why can't the disaster Minister request Parliament for some money and wire thru MYN orAitel money shs 500, 000- for each of them once, as relief aid!!!

Does it hurt anyone if they got that Mone from government once??? It's easier and cheaper than procuring food which will be stolen by Ugandan thieves ( the corrupt)
Some offices need to be closed bcz they're not relevant when people are in dire need!
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0 #2 Akot 2020-08-28 12:52
This is why Ugandans MUST have good governance that will, as in well governed countries, ensure pays, social food banks, good health services...!

Can Ugandans imagine if Covid-19 breaks out as it did in USA, UK, Italy, Brasil...?

Without bringing down the tribalsitic system ensuring Museveni's post, Ugandans MUST form Independent Tribal States & begin taking care of themselves, before it's too late!
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0 #3 Akot 2020-08-29 17:02
Mbeho Achuc, agreed.

But it takes a real people government to ensure humanity under circumstance like this.

If Ugandans want to be served & treated as humans, they MUST bring change in UNITY, then go for the kind of governance they want!

For how much long will Ugandans look up to Museveni?

Will 35 years of Museveni be erased & a fresh beginning with the same Museveni be different & how?
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+1 #4 Jonathan 2020-08-30 12:56
The primary school teacher in kamuli ,who committed suicide was a victim of the situation in a country where counseling services from experts are hard to come by.

If that aforementioned teacher had got counseling from experts, he would have been alive. May Gods bless your soul.
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