GULU–The Ongako sub-county chairperson in Omoro district is mourning the death of his son who committed suicide on New Year’s Day after a disagreement with his elder brother.
William Ociiti was on Monday morning puzzled when he woke up to the news of the death of his son, Denis Oloya, 26, after a quarrel with his elder brother over Shs150,000 made from selling bricks the previous day.
Oloya, who attempted to burn his own hut and that of his elder brother, was found hanging on a jack fruit tree with a rope around his neck.
He was buried on Monday at their home in Avuga village, Ongako sub-county. Ociiti declined to speak to the press about the death of his son.
According to the Aswa region police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema, Oloya was a renowned drunkard and often disturbed other members of the family after drinking.
“The family knew him for being stubborn when drunk. It is unfortunate that he ended his life by committing suicide,” says Okema.
He adds that the festive season was generally peaceful with no major incidences apart from the one reported suicide case.
“Aswa region was calm. People celebrated the New Year well. We had no serious incidences up to now.”
He attributes cases of suicidal behavior to the general stresses and difficulties in Life including interpersonal problems in marriage and relationships, economic difficulties among others.
He advised members of the public to learn conflict management to avoid such incidences among family members.
Meanwhile, Okema further says that places that were permitted to display fireworks did so within the guidelines issued to them.
“Of the 43 places permitted to display fireworks in the region. All went well. The Police also received some balance of fireworks from Little Peace Hotel in Kitgum.”
According to the national guidelines issued by police, fireworks were to be displayed for only five minutes in only those places permitted to do so.