Thursday May 22 2014

University student found dead in suspected suicide

Residents, students and staff of Bishop Stuart University at the

Residents, students and staff of Bishop Stuart University at the scene where Kamusiime’s body was found in Mbarara on Tuesday. PHOTO BY COLLEB MUGUME 


MBARARA- A second-year student at Bishop Stuart University in Mbarara has been found dead in a eucalyptus plantation on Rwomugina Hill in Kakiika Parish.

Two bottles containing Almatix, a veterinary acaricide and water were found beside his body. Almatix, which Kamusiime is believed to have taken, is a concentration used to kill ticks, mites and lice from animals, especially from cattle.

Henry Kamusiime’s body was first seen on Tuesday by a boy who was grazing goats.

Investigations have started but police suspect Kamusiime could have killed himself after betting his tuition fees.
The OC CIID Mbarara police, Mr Ian Kakuru, said: “We are still investigating the cause of his death but according to information gathered at the scene of crime and beyond, Kamusiime could have taken his life after gambling his tuition fees.

“He has been our student doing a Bachelor’s degree in Education. We are not sure if it was suicide. Students have their problems of girlfriend and boyfriend and without forgetting this rampant vice of betting where they end up betting tuition fees. We need to first establish if he had paid tuition,” said Mr John Mwesigwa, the Dean of Students.

Mr Elineo Mwine, a former roommate to Kamusiime, said he had no clue about his problems that forced him to commit suicide.

“I was with him yesterday (Monday) but as you know at university, everyone minds their own lives. I didn’t know where he went and what happened until I received news that Henry had been found dead in a plantation not far from [our] hostel,” he said.

His body was taken to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for a post mortem.