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Man commits suicide after losing money to thieves

Police in Busoga North is investigating circumstances under which a 35-year-old man committed suicide.

The deceased is Sylvester Bwiso, a resident of Kiyunga trading centre, in Luuka town council as a result of suicide.

It is reported that Bwiso took rat poison to end his life on Wednesday night and left behind a note apologizing to his business partner. 

Detectives recovered samples of rat poison from Bwiso’s house on Thursday morning and the autopsy at Kiyunga health centre IV confirmed the same.

Preliminary information indicates that Bwiso solicited Shillings 13 Million from traders within Jinja city with the hope of supplying them rice at a wholesale price about two weeks ago.

He, however, lost the money to thieves who attacked him on Monday last week.

After the robbery, the traders piled pressure on Bwiso to refund their money with some threatening to sue him if he didn’t supply them 52 bags of rice as they had earlier agreed. 

Bwiso stopped picking up their phone calls only to hear on Thursday morning that he had committed suicide. 

He had been a longtime grassroots dealer who purchases rice from local farmers on behalf of traders.

Michael Kasadha the Busoga North police spokesperson challenged members of the general public to seek guidance from their spiritual leaders and other elders when faced with challenging situations rather than resorting to suicide.

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