A third police officer has committed suicide in a space of 12 days. Police constable 55373 Alfred Obida killed himself on Saturday morning at Kireka police barracks for yet-to-be-known reasons.
Police sources say Obida locked himself inside the bedroom before shooting himself in the head.
“His wife was outside and heard a gunshot sound so she rushed inside and noticed her husband wasn’t in the sitting where he often rests," a police source said. "She entered the bedroom and saw the body in a fresh pool of blood. She screamed loudly and it attracted the entire barracks’ attention.”
This incident happened six days after another police constable Joel Kopi Bobi shot himself dead in Moyo sub-county police barracks. Before killing himself, Kopi first shot and killed his boss corporal Geoffrey Ogwal.
“Our preliminary investigations indicate that Kopi first shot his colleague in the chest before shooting himself in the neck. We don’t know what prompted Kopi to shoot his colleague,” Ignatius Dragudu, the North West Nile police spokesperson said then.
The Moyo incident came five days after constable Coled Twesigye died of a gunshot on his left side head inside the armoury. Even though the report indicated he had committed suicide, Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson, said preliminary investigations pointed to a possible accidental shooting since he was testing guns he was going to give to private security guards.
So far eight police officers have committed suicide since this year began. In August, assistant inspector of police (AIP) George William Kaweesi, 45, killed himself hours after arriving at his new station in Pallisa district. Kaweesi had been appointed officer-in-charge of field operations at Pallisa police station after being transferred from Magamaga. Immaculate Emilly Alaso, the Bukedi North police spokesperson, said the field force police officers helped to offload belongings of their new boss and he was allocated a house but killed himself just hours after arrival.
On July 15, constable 54802 Mugenyi Kandoole killed himself in Masindi district. His body was found hanging on a tree near his station. Constable Yesho Joel Chemutai, force number 77309, shot himself dead on April 18 in Kazo district. He was attached to Kanoni police station. Chemutai allegedly first had breakfast with his colleagues but minutes later, he shot himself dead.
On April 10, constable James Atoo Agwayi, force number 50492 shot himself at 1 pm dead in Mubende district after returning from a field operation with colleagues. At the start of this year, corporal George Drandi, attached to Very Important Persons Protection Unit (VIPPU) shot himself dead at around 4 am. Prof Edward Bantu, a psychologist explains that people reach a point of killing themselves or people around after developing psychotic status which is a disease of the mind. Bantu explains that people such as police officers need regular mental assessment which can be done through discussions to know the challenges they are going through.