How Senior Four Student Predicted Her Death In A WhatsApp Group

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By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: Police in Jinja are investigating the circumstances under which Josephine Namuli, a 17-year-old senior four student of Wanyange Girls SSS in Kakira Town Council, committed suicide by hanging.

Namuli’s body was found hanging on her bed in the dormitory on Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Reports from the school suggest that the deceased remained in the dormitory while her colleagues went for the morning preps and later found her body hanging.

James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police spokesperson, confirmed the incident saying they have kicked off investigations to find out what led the 17-year-old to commit suicide.

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“The reason might be from family, school, or even her own personal life,” he said.

Mubi added that police visited the scene, retrieved her body and took it to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for a post-mortem as investigations continue to establish what triggered the suicide.

“This is a suicide case; the administration has no problem because the girl ended her own life; however police is on ground to establish the cause of the suicide,” he noted.

According to a report from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, the deceased had ligature marks on her neck which were consistent with self-strangulation.

However, the Acting Jinja City Principal Education Officer, Ms Amina Mutesi, said information she got from one of the school administrators is that the deceased had issues of resentment right from the first Covid-19 lockdown. 

According to sources, during lockdown, the deceased and a few friends created a WhatsApp group, and on that group, she allegedly sent a message saying: “you will be surprised when they say RIP Josephine” but unfortunately her colleagues never paid attention.

Mubi further called upon school heads to earmark interaction spaces for children and to be well equipped with counsellors mandated to engage students about their daily personal and general challenges to avert stressful situations.

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