KAMPALA – In the wee hours of Wednesday, March 20, a Makerere University Business School (MUBS) alumnus, Arthur Basalirwa took his life over amid speculation of depression as described by friends and acquaintances.
On the fateful day, the graduate of the Nakawa-based institution took to his social media (Facebook) timeline and shared an ode that read:
Verse 1; This is my ode to you all. Goodbye. A link to Joyner Lucas’s best selling track, ‘I’m Sorry’
“Go ahead and call me a coward and say I’m not strong, Because I’m not like you,” goes the first verse of the song.
And followed was a FaceBook post expressing a climax of disappointment; a point that friends to the MUBS alumnus regard his “Breaking Point”
Before taking own life, the youthful Basalirwa had shown signs of suicidal thoughts characterised by WhatsApp status update that read:
“Just to make sure you tell my family, it’s okay, I’m sorry. Too much weighing on me. I don’t wanna live to see another data, I’m sorry, but I can’t stay. I’m sorry. Too much weighing on me!”
Upon learning of his passing, friends took to social media and paid tribute as they mourned their fallen colleague.
One of the most notable tribute came from a one, Ms Shamim Nagawa (Facebook names) revealing that the deceased or long dealt with suicidal thoughts two years ago.
“One day in 2017, I opened my Facebook account and landed to post from Basalirwa Arthur. I actually took it seriously entered his inbox sent him a video which he enjoyed so much, yesterday is a post from some man I never took it seriously. Today as I open my Facebook account the only first to see was rest in peace for the same man.
ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY TRY TO REACH OUT TO YOU. DEPRESSION IS REAL AND IT KILLS”
We offer the family of Basalirwa our deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of their son rest in peace. In strength, we stand with youths that are going through trying times, and we urge them to reach and seek help!!